Officers recognized as they remember a little girl killed by a drunk driver eight years ago.
Powell River RCMP officer Tony Steward was named top cop for Alexa’s Team. In the past year he caught 68 impaired drivers.
He is one of 246 officers being recognized in the province for busting as least 12 drivers each last year.
The ceremony at Glenlyon Norfolk Junior School drew dozens of law enforcement personnel, who drove from all over BC to accept their commendation.
Alexa’s team has processed more than 8,600 sanctions for impaired driving this year, and more than 71,000 since 2008.
“We have become one of the leading provinces in apprehending impaired drivers,” said Sgt. Dale Sommerville. “It is making the most significant difference on our highways. Right now we are past 50 per cent reduction in impaired driving caused death over the last few years.”
Four-year-old Alexa Middelaer was killed after being hit by a drunk driver on a Delta roadside in 2008.
Shortly afterward, Alexa’s Team was formed to recognize police officers who make an extraordinary effort to combat impaired drivers.
“These officers really are our heroes,” said Alexa’s mom Laurel Middlelaer. “I find it really elating actually to look at the work that they do day in and day out.”