Those who thought they had a full set of Squamish RCMP trading cards now have 12 more cops to collect.
The collector cards, modeled after the cards created for professional sports teams and professional athletes, feature pictures and biographical information of members of the Squamish RCMP.
Last year, local RCMP came out with 10 such cards, nine featuring regular members and one auxiliary member.The collectors cards program, initiated by Const. Roshan Pinto, is a way for RCMP to connect to youth in the community, and also a way for the community to get to know its law enforcement officers.
"It is a great way to break the ice," said Const. Pinto.
The cards are also sponsored by individual members of the community.
This second batch of cards was sponsored by Dorothy Swanson of Royal LePage Black Tusk Realty."It is really something to have people come forward and support us like that," said Const. Pinto. "I really hope to see cards eventually sponsored for all our members and auxiliary."
The only way to get a card is to ask for one from one of the 22 participating members.While only 22 of the more than 30 members of the local RCMP are immortalized on the cards, Pinto said it is possible for more RCMP members to get in on fun.
Each individual participating in the program was given 250 copies of their card to be distributed as people ask for them. Every 250 cards cost $80.
A business or individual that sponsors a card, also gets their name or logo printed on the card.
Pinto wanted a way to encourage young people to ask for the cards last year, so The Chief offered to give the first youth to collect all ten cards in the original set to be recognized in newspaper.
Now to be immortalized in a future edition of The Chief, a complete set of 22 cards needs to be collected. The set simply needs to be presented at the reception desk at The Chief or to RCMP at either the Downtown Community Policing office or the main office at 1000 Finch Drive.