Penticton RCMP officers win Team Alexa Awards


Traffic officers working within Penticton’s Community Safety & Enforcement Team (CSET), receive Team Alexa Award honours.
The Alexa Team program recognizes RCMP and Municipal police officers in B.C. who make an extraordinary contribution to reducing the number of impaired drivers on the roads and highways of our communities.
On October 9th, 2019, the two-officer Traffic Unit, Constables Brad Caruso and Constable Chris Hipolito both received the award. In order to qualify for this award, officers are required to have a minimum of twelve impaired driving charges, under either the Criminal Code or Motor Vehicle Act, within a calendar year.
This is the seventh time Cst. Caruso has received this award. Cst. Hipolito, who is new to the unit, qualified this year for the first time.
The recognition program is named in honour of four-year-old Alexa Middelaer, who was killed by an impaired driver in Delta, BC, in 2008.
“Impaired driving is a totally preventable offence, yet many people in our province continue to be killed or injured by it every year. By outstanding efforts in enforcement and education, the Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen Regional Detachment is committed to helping reduce this number of tragic death and injuries”, explains Cst. James Grandy.