More than a dozen police officers working in or around Langley have been named to Alexa’s Team for their work getting drunk drivers off the roads.
From the Langley RCMP, Constables Thomas Leydier, Cory Kornicki, and Naresh Prashad were all on the 2015 team, with Prashad named an All Star member.
Officers on the team have nabbed at least a dozen drunk drivers in one year, while All Star members have caught 34 or more.
This year a total of 246 officers from around B.C. were named to Alexa’s Team, including numerous officers with the Integrated Road Safety Unit, whose Fraser Valley unit operates out of Langley.
Including the IRSU officers, Langley-based police removed 1,032 impaired drivers from the roads in 2015.
The officers named to this year’s team are being honoured at recognition events around B.C. by MADD Canada, ICBC, the RCMP, and the family of team namesake Alexa Middelaer.
Alexa was killed by a drunk driver in Delta in 2008 when a car swerved off a road and struck the child.
Alexa’s mother Laurel Middelaer has praised the team since its inception.
“These members are heroes and deserve our appreciation,” Middelaer said. “We look forward to celebrating with them at the four events in our province this spring.”
“Their commitment to identify and remove impaired drivers from our roads is remarkable, and makes our communities safer for all,” said Supt. Derek Cooke, the officer in charge of E Division Traffic Services.