New Westminster – New Westminster Police Constable Jamie Crowston is the first person in the history of the department to be recognized for four consecutive years of service to Alexa’s Team. Cst. Crowston has been with the New Westminster Police Department since 2009, where he works in the Traffic Unit.
Alexa’s Team, which is made up of numerous RCMP and municipal police members, are awarded each year for their commitment to reducing the number of impaired drivers on British Columbia’s streets. Officers on the team have all taken at least 12 impaired drivers off the road in the past year through a criminal code investigation or an administrative 90-day immediate roadside prohibition. Alexa’s Team, named after four-year-old Alexa Middelaer, who was killed by a drunk driver in May 2008. The driver, a 56-year-old woman, was later convicted of impaired driving.
“Jamie’s efforts in this area go beyond what one might expect, as he not only focuses his enforcement on those who are impaired by alcohol, but also on those whose ability to operate a motor vehicle is impaired by drugs,” said Sergeant Mike Garbutt. “Jamie is truly an expert in impaired driving investigations and his commitment and dedication in all aspects of this specialized field is greatly appreciated by his peers, supervisors, the policing community, and residents.”
In his four years on Alexa’s Team Constable Jamie Crowston has removed 126 impaired drivers off New Westminster’s roads. To date, Alexa’s Team has been responsible for removing 71,300 impaired drivers province-wide.
When not on the road Constable Crowston maintains breath test equipment and teaches other constables how to recognize impaired drivers. A passionate advocate against impaired driving, Cst. Crowston comes to work every work day with an energy which inspires those around him.