It was a very proud moment for Clearwater’s RCMP Sgt. Grant Simpson Sunday (Oct. 30) who, along with his wife Tracy, saw their youngest son Blake off as he headed to RCMP training Depot Division in Regina, Saskatchewan.
The 20-year-old is pursuing his dream of becoming an RCMP officer, just like his dad.
“There were lots of mixed emotions but the greatest is huge pride,” Simpson said Tuesday.
Blake, 20, began his first day of training on Monday, Oct. 31.
“Joining the RCMP is something that he has strived for since a very young age. He has done many ride-alongs with several different members over the years. He also participated in the 2019 Kamloops RCMP Youth Academy, which simulates training at depot for a week,” Simpson noted of his son, who graduated from high school in Clearwater.
“He also completed a couple of work experience programs with the RCMP through Clearwater Secondary School. So, he has a really solid understanding of what he’s getting into.”
Simpson has been an RCMP officer himself for 25 years, having gone to training at age 31 after gaining experience as an auxiliary officer on the Sunshine Coast. His first posting was at Armstrong, then Chase, followed by Invermere. He has been at Clearwater for five years now.
Simpson said there is a lot to like about being an RCMP officer.
“I think the key aspect is helping people, and serving people. It can be challenging but at the end of the day it’s more rewarding than anything.”
During his own time with the RCMP, Simpson has saved more than one life. Two that stay with him is a swift water rescue of an infant and another is performing CPR to save a 17-year-old who was also pulled from water.
In Clearwater, he enjoys being a part of the community and also working as the detachment commander.
“The best part is that I have a fantastic crew. I am very fortunate and so thankful to have the personnel I do.”
There are four constables and one corporal who work general duty at Clearwater, as well as two public service employees. Two constables and one corporal with BC Highway Patrol also work out of the Clearwater office.
Simpson said his son will train in depot for six months then will be paired up with an experienced member for another six months for field training at his first post, which could be anywhere in Canada.
“We are all proud of him here for setting and pursuing his goal.”