Posted Mar 13, 2017 9:19 am MDT

Three RCMP Officers from the Wood Buffalo detachment have received a Corporal Cumming’s award.

The Cpl. Cumming’s Watch is a combined effort between Alberta RCMP, MADD Canada and Alberta Transportation to support police efforts in detecting and apprehending impaired drivers.

Constable Gary LeBlanc received a certificate of recognition and a Gold Challenge coin for detecting, processing and charging more than 25 impaired drivers.

Constable Sam Hilliard and Constable Andrew Brock received a certificate of recognition and a Silver Challenge Coin for detecting, processing and charging 15 to 24 impaired drivers.

“I am impressed with these three officers’ determination and dedication to removing impaired drivers from our roadways” says Supt. Lorna Dicks. “Impaired driving offences are a priority for the Wood Buffalo Detachment, and I continue to encourage our officers to be proactive in their efforts to identify and investigate impaired drivers.”

The program is named after Cpl. Graeme Cumming, a member of the RCMP who was killed on duty by an impaired driver while attending a traffic incident on Highway 3 near Lethbridge, Alberta on August 12, 1998.

This year in Alberta, 11 police officers received Gold Challenge Coin, and 22 police officers received a Silver Challenge Coin.