Cpl. Dawn Gilhen

New Mounties join local ranks

Cpl. Dawn Gilhen and Const. Jason Messenger assigned to Sooke.

The Sooke RCMP detachment has two new faces policing the community.

Cpl. Dawn Gilhen and Const. Jason Messenger joined the Sooke Mounties early September.

Both officers replaced Cpl. Andrew Baylis and Const. Chrissy Klein.

Gilhen’s experience with the RCMP is extensive.

She was first stationed for two years in Ucluelet, then transferred over the Whalley, a region of Surrey, for another two years, as part of the Criminal Collision Investigation Team.

Following that, she moved to Nova Scotia for three and a half years before returning to B.C., where she spent the last six years as part of traffic services at Port Mann in the Lower Mainland.

Gilhen said she’s glad to be back to the Island.

“I’ve been trying to get back to the Island for 13 years, so I’m just happy to be here,” she said, adding that she wanted a slower-paced experience, such as Sooke.

“That’s what I’m looking forward to, but it turns out that it is busy here,” Gilhen laughed, pointing out that she’s enjoyed living here so far.

Gilhen’s experience in traffic services certainly adds to the local detachment’s overall skillset. As such, her specialty is in fatal collision investigations, or anything involving a charge for serious injury or fatality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

National Drug Drop-Off month aims to reduce substance abuse by house-bound youth

Expert says there is misconception prescribed medication is safe to take

Victoria mayor wants newspaper boxes removed from downtown streets

Mayor Lisa Helps says the boxes are not needed, often filled with garbage

Esquimalt artists take to great outdoors amid coronavirus

Group invites budding, or just willing artists, to join at Saxe Point

Langford firefighters raise $1,065 for Burn Camp

B.C. firefighters and burn survivors raise $200,068 this year for Burn Camp

Victoria church to ring bells for 75th anniversary of atomic bombings

Bells expected at 8:15 a.m. on Aug. 6 and 11:50 a.m. on Aug. 9

VIDEO: Otter pups learn to swim at B.C. wildlife rescue facility

Watch Critter Care’s Nathan Wagstaffe help seven young otters go for their first dip

Plane crashes into Nelson supermarket parking lot

Pilot and passenger have minor injuries

SOOKE HISTORY: A peek into the journal of John George Whiffin

Elida Peers | Contributed One of our most popular walks is on… Continue reading

Michael Buble among 13 British Columbians to receive Order of B.C.

Ceremony will be delayed to 2021 due to COVID-19

U.S. border communities feel loss of Canadian tourists, shoppers and friends

Restrictions on non-essential travel across the Canada-U.S. border have been in place since March 2`

Rollout of COVID-19 Alert app faces criticism over accessibility

App requires users to have Apple or Android phones made in the last five years, and a relatively new operating system

Alleged impaired driver sparks small wildfire near Lytton after crash: B.C. RCMP

Good Samaritans prevented the blaze from getting out of control

B.C. First Nation adopts ‘digital twinning’ software to better manage territory

Software allows users to visualize what a mountain might look like if the trees on its slopes were logged

Most Read