2020 BC Law Enforcement Memorial
The British Columbia Law Enforcement Memorial Service coincides with the National Police & Peace Officers’ Memorial held in Ottawa on the last Sunday in September. Effective in 2019, the BC Law Enforcement Memorial Service will no longer rotate between Victoria and the Lower Mainland. In consultation with our partner Law Enforcement agencies and the family members of our fallen officers it has been decided that the BC Law Enforcement Memorial Service will be held permanently in Victoria.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to the current and ongoing Covid-19 crisis, this year’s Memorial Service will be a closed service in order to adhere to the restrictions set out by the Ministry of Health. The current restrictions limits social gatherings, both indoor and outdoor, to 50 people. We want to ensure that we are following all guidelines outlined by the Provincial Health Officer and not unnecessarily expose our families or members during this uncertain time.
Please join us for a virtual service. We will have more detailed information closer to the date of the event.
This next Memorial Service will take place:
Date & Time:
Sunday, September 27, 2020 at 1:00 PM
BC Legislature, Victoria BC
For further information please call or email:
Vancouver Police Department
Officers Being Honoured
This year we will honour those 129 Law Enforcement Officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice serving the citizens of British Columbia including two historical additions to the British Columbia Honour Roll:
The first is Cst. William ALEXANDER with the Canadian Pacific Police Service. On February 7, 1925 he was on duty at C.P.R. Wharf D in Vancouver when he attempted to extricate a stuck baggage elevator that he was riding in. While working on the jammed gate, the elevator moved back into motion and Cst. Alexander was caught and crushed between floors. Strenuous efforts were required to remove him and he was transported to hospital where he died the next day.
The second was Officer William George HUGHES, a Customs Excise Examiner with the Department of Customs and Excise, Canada Customs. On the evening of January 24, 1927, he was performing his official duties aboard the Japanese grain ship Seine Maru. The vessel was berthed alongside the grain elevator at the Prince Rupert elevator dock. At about 20:00 hrs that evening a watchman aboard the ship heard calls for help and moaning coming from over the ship’s side. It was found that Officer Hughes had accidentally fallen overboard, a distance of about 30 feet, striking a wooden boom-fender as he hit the water. Officer Hughes was taken to hospital where, in the early hours of January 25, 1927, he succumbed to his injuries.
Transportation arrangements for law enforcement officers attending the BC Law Enforcement Memorial are made through your home agency. Please contact your agency’s Ceremonial Sergeant Major for details.
IMPORTANT: If transportation is not available through your agency please email the organizing committee at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than September 18, 2020.
Marriott Victoria Inner Harbour
Thursday, September 24, 2020
7th Annual BCLEM Ride to Remember
September 24-26, 2020
Abbotsford to Victoria, BC
The 7th Annual Ride to Remember has been expanded into a 3 day event starting in Abbotsford and ending at the BC Legislature in Victoria.
- Thursday, September 24th – Leg 1: TBA
- Friday, September 25th – Leg 2: TBA
- Saturday, September 26th – Leg 3: TBA
Friday, September 25, 2020
7th Annual BCLEM Golf Tournament
September 25, 2020
11:00 AM Registration / 1:00 PM Shotgun Start
Bear Mountain Golf & Country Club
1999 Country Club Way
Saturday, September 26, 2020
2nd Annual BCLEM Run to Remember
This is an 11km run from Lochside Elementary to the BC Law Enforcement Memorial at the BC Legislature in Victoria, BC. This is not a race, it is a run together to show our support for our heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. Upon arrival at the Legislature, there will be a short ceremony to remember those who lost their lives in the line of duty. All proceeds go to the National Law Enforcement Run to Remember and all participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt with their registration.
BCLEM Meet and Greet
6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Sunday, September 27, 2020
12:00 PM in the 800 block
1:00 PM at The Bastion in the Garden of Honour located at the rear of the BC Legislature
501 Belleville St
By invitation only.