Officers going to the Games

Jason Malloy
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TRURO - Karen DeGroot didn't hesitate when the opportunity came to attend the 2010 Olympics.
The Truro Police Service officer is one of the force's three constables who will be heading to Vancouver as part of the police presence for the Games.
"I knew right away this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," DeGroot said, and "I certainly wanted to have that experience."
DeGroot will be working vehicle security at B.C. Place, where the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as the nightly victory ceremonies, will take place.
"Just being involved in the Olympics is quite a thrill," she said.
Detective Const. Bruce Lake is looking forward to the month-long deployment in Whistler doing in-transit security. The 111/2-year veteran said he is not sure of all the details but believes he'll be able to catch some of the events while at the Games. "But I think we'll be working more than we'll be off," he said. "If I had an opportunity I would love to see Canada play in the hockey."
Lake and DeGroot leave Feb. 2 while Const. Geoff Green, who will be stationed at Cypress Mountain in West Vancouver, will leave later in the month.
Green will be at the venue where snowboarding and freestyle skiing will take place.
DeGroot said she expects to be doing vehicle security in huge parking garages looking for anything out of place while working with K9 and explosive units. Her position being downtown means she will have some interesting accommodations.
"We're going to be living on cruise ships," DeGroot said, "that are going to be docked or moored in the harbour."
DeGroot said her favourite Olympic memory is watching the women's hockey gold medal victory in the 2006 Olympics with her husband and son.
"A Canadian family sitting in front of the TV and watching the Olympics and the Canadian team winning was just a very proud moment," she said. "I was bursting with pride."
The three Truro police officers are among roughly 50 from municipal police forces across the province. There are officers from 188 forces across the country.
Chief David MacNeil said it is a great opportunity for his officers who will bring back the knowledge they gained from their experience to the local force.
The trip will not have an impact on the Truro Police Service budget as the federal government is covering the costs for the three officers.

jmalloy@trurodaily.com

Organizations: Games, Truro Police Service

Geographic location: West Vancouver, Bruce Lake, Whistler Canada Cypress Mountain

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