BPS Represented at 44th Canadian Police and Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony

As some of you may recall, the Halton Regional Police Service Pipes & Drums participated at the BPS 2017 Police Week. Along with Commissioner's Staff Officer Mr. Calvin Smith, and PMR Constable Kimberley Spring, Detective Sergeant Adrian Cook, who is also the bass drummer for the Bermuda Islands Pipe Band (BIPB), was part of the hosting group here in Bermuda.

As a result of the incredible hospitality the Halton Regional Police Service Pipes & Drums felt from their trip to Bermuda, in April 2018 the band and their Chief of Police Mr. Steven Tanner, extended an invitation to Deective Sergeant Cook to participate as part of the Halton Regional Police Service contingent to perform with the Pipes and Drums, at the Canadian Police and Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony. The event, now in its 44th year, is a national ceremony, held annually on the last Sunday of September, at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, the federal capital of Canada. Then BPS Commissioner Mr. Michael Desilva granted the representation, and allowed for Detective Sergeant Cook to alter his BIPB uniform to include BPS insignia.
Detective Sergeant Cook attended with others in the band on Saturday 29th September to a number of associated events, including a Run and Cycle to Remember, which had originated several days earlier in Toronto. The cyclists had ridden to Ottawa from the Police Memorial in Toronto, a distance of 420km. The runners ran on the Saturday, between 5 and 10km, runners and cyclists finishing together at the Parliament Building. Later that evening he attended a dinner hosted by the Halton Regional Police Service Police Association (their union, like the BPA).
On a cloudy and cool 53F Sunday morning, the 30th of September 2018, Detective Sergeant Cook lined up with 300 pipers and drummers and marched with over a thousand police and peace officers from across Canada, the US and other international officers onto the square. There, the names of six police officers who had died on duty over the previous year were honoured and added to the memorial, which already bore the names of 859 police and peace officers, going back to 1879. All 859 names had been read earlier that morning.
Of the six officers memorialised this year, three had died as a result of injuries from police involved road traffic collisions; the other three had been shot and killed by hostile gunfire. The last two, Constables Sarah Burns and Robb Costello, had been killed by an active shooter only six weeks previously on 10th August, in Fredericton, New Brunswick.
The Federal Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Mr Ralph Goodale, gave tribute to the fallen officers, and to all officers who continue to serve their public.
Detective Sergeant Cook was honoured to have been allowed to participate in the ceremony, and to further the BPS and BIPB ties to the Halton Regional Police Service and the Pipes and Drums.
The Bermuda Islands Pipe Band carried on its hereditary responsibility for Bermuda Police Service ceremonies by providing a piper to play the lament at the BPS Memorial Ceremony held at Prospect Military and Police Cemetery on Sunday 7th October 2018.
Link to the Canadian Police and Peace Officers Memorial: https://www.thememorial.ca/memorial


<p>Det Sgt Cook Joins HRPS for Memorial</p>