Inaugural Constable Sarah Beckett Memorial Scholarship Awarded

The Capital Regional District (CRD) Traffic Safety Commission awarded the inaugural Cst. Sarah Beckett Memorial Scholarship to Tanner Stevenson at the August 13th Victoria Shamrocks game with the West Shore RCMP and Cst. Beckett’s family in attendance.

“This scholarship acknowledges the loss of Constable Beckett and recognizes the vital role police play in service for our community, including increasing traffic safety.  Tanner has clearly demonstrated his dedication to his community with his volunteer work,” said Colin Plant, Chair of the Traffic Safety Commission.  “This scholarship recognizes Tanner as he continues to work hard in school, pursuing his goal of becoming a police officer.”

Tanner Stevenson will be attending Royal Roads in September to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. His interest in policing has led Tanner to become an Infantryman in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve and a volunteer with the Saanich Police Reserves.

Cst. Beckett lost her life in a tragic automobile crash in 2016.  Subsequently, the Commission created the scholarship to raise awareness of traffic safety issues and highlight the community service provided by police.  The Commission is responsible for traffic safety education programs and makes recommendations to the CRD Board to increase road safety in the region.  The Commission will award the $2000 scholarship annually to a post-secondary student based on demonstrated academic achievement, financial need, community service record, and an expressed interest in pursuing a career in law enforcement.  This year’s award was supplemented with donations collected by the Victoria Shamrocks organization.

The next round of applications for the scholarship will open in the spring.