The new RC Langley RCMP cruiser was used to leap three officers in its debut appearance. (Photos by Nicholas Allen)

Remote controlled RCMP cruiser sparks community engagement in Langley

Police are using the toy as an outreach tool this summer

The Langley RCMP have added a new tool to their crime-fighting and crime-prevention arsenal – a remote controlled police cruiser.

Meant to start conversations and encourage friendly police-youth interactions over the summer, it’s part of ongoing outreach efforts by the local detachment, said Cpl. Craig van Herk, head of the Langley RCMP Youth Section.

The RC car, upgraded from a standard kit model with paint and working lights by Const. Jason Kennard and his sons, got its unveiling at the Langley RCMP Cadet Camp from July 3 to 5.

Officers set up a road course in the Langley Events Centre and had a “police chase.”

“We had a course set up, and there was a police pursuit,” said van Herk. An RC pickup truck played the part of a fleeing suspect.

The Dukes of Hazzard-style course included a ramp jump that sent the police car airborne for a considerable distance.

That gave the officers an idea, said van Herk.

Van Herk, Kennard, and Const. Damian Moe laid down on the floor by the ramp and the police RC car flew over them, Evel Knievel-style.

“The kids absolutely went crazy when we laid down behind the ramp,” said van Herk.

The car successfully cleared the officers with room to spare.

After that successful launch, the RC car made its first debut in public on Tuesday, July 16th at a local playground.

That’s where it will be all summer, van Herk said. Officers with the Youth Section will be showing off their vehicle at parks and playgrounds around Langley.

The goal isn’t simply to have fun.

“We’re looking to kind of break barriers down, and connect with youth in different ways,” said van Herk.

In the past police have used hockey and basketball games with local youths, as well as Nerf battles.

Anything that gets people talking and attracts a crowd can help.

“Kids come over, adults come over,” van Herk said of reaction to the RC car. “It really opened the door to conversation.”

 

The new RC Langley RCMP cruiser was used to leap three officers in its debut appearance. (Photos by Nicholas Allen)

The new RC Langley RCMP cruiser was used to leap three officers in its debut appearance. (Photos by Nicholas Allen)

Just Posted

Grillers compete for best meat in Langley

Rotary Clubs bring back RibFest for a second year from Aug. 16 to 18 at McLeod Park

New defenceman signs with Vancouver Giants

Brendan Pentecost played with the Delta Hockey Academy Elite 15s

VIDEO: Protesters target Langley Ribfest, a Rotary fundraiser

Groups that oppose the event for various reasons plan to be on site each of the three days.

Langley, Cloverdale politician Dean Drysdale dies

The businessman and reservist served on Township council

VIDEO: Daughter of slain Abbotsford Police officer speaks at charity dinner

Fay Davidson, daughter of slain Abbotsford Police officer, speaks at charity golf dinner in Langley

Fashion Fridays: How to dress and feel powerful

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Kraft Heinz brand baby food recalled in B.C. due to possibility of insects

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the product should not be consumed

First Nations women finally to be treated equally under Indian Act: Bennett

Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action thanked the feds

Helicopter-riding dog Mr. Bentley now featured on cans of new B.C.-made beer

Partial proceeds from every pack go to Children’s Wish

‘Easy Rider’ star Peter Fonda dies at 79

Actor and writer was nominated for an Oscar for co-writing the 1969 psychedelic road trip movie

Puppy rescued from smoky South Surrey condo

Fire alarms brought firefighters to the Morgan Crossing residences around 7 p.m.

Bob Lenarduzzi out as Vancouver Whitecaps president

MLS team is at the bottom of the Western Conference standings

B.C. daycare operator denies negligence in death of ‘Baby Mac’

Infant died in early 2017 after biting an electrical cord, according to a lawsuit filed by his mom

BC SPCA reopens animal cruelty investigation at Abbotsford pig farm

Additional alleged footage released from Excelsior Hog Farm sparks new investigation

Most Read