Collections
Other Name
REFEREE
Date Range From
2002
Date Range To
2012
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POLYESTER
Catalogue Number
P20120037001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
REFEREE
Date Range From
2002
Date Range To
2012
Materials
POLYESTER
No. Pieces
1
Height
85
Length
92.73.92.7
Width
3.4
Description
REFEREE SHIRT, POLYESTER WITH BLACK AND WHITE VERTICAL STRIPES. BLACK BAND AT SHORT SLEEVE CUFFS AND COLLAR. SINGLE BLACK BUTTON AT BOTTOM OF V-NECK COLLAR. LEFT SHOULDER EMBROIDERED WITH RED THREAD, “ABOA,” WITH BASKETBALL MOTIF FOR LETTER, “O.” REVERSE PANEL EXTENDS FARTHER DOWN THAN FRONT PANEL. TAG IN COLLAR READS, “DALCO ATHLETIC, 100% POLYESTER, RW89433, MADE IN USA, ADULT XL, MACHINE WASH COLD WITH LIKE COLORS, TUMBLE DRY, USE NO BLEACH.”
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
History
WHEN QUESTIONED BY GALT COLLECTIONS STAFF ON OCTOBER 15, 2012, DONOR BILL HALMA RELATED TO STAFF THAT HE, “PROBABLY HAD THE SHIRT FOR TEN YEARS. THE ABOA (ALBERTA BASKETBALL OFFICIALS ASSOCIATION) EMBROIDERED CREST ON THE SHIRT’S SLEEVE CAME INTO EXISTENCE APPROXIMATELY TEN YEARS AGO IN 2002 WHEN FEBA RULES WERE BROUGHT INTO FORCE. CHANGES IN INSIGNIA OR EVEN THE POST-FEBA INTRODUCTION OF STRIPPED SHIRTS ENABLE THE SHIRT’S DATING. THE SHIRT WAS WORN IN THE PAST YEAR ALBEIT IN VERY LIMITED (LOCAL) CIRCUMSTANCES DUE TO THE ABOA CREST’S DISCONTINUATION ABOUT FOUR YEARS AGO. THE ISSUE AROSE THAT THE WEARER’S IDENTIFICATION WITH A PROVINCE (AKA. ALBERTA) MAY LEAD SOME TO CHALLENGE HIS/HER IMPARTIALITY (AKA. CALLS BENEFICIAL TO SAME PROVINCE’S TEAM).” THE SHIRT WAS WORN ACROSS SOUTHERN ALBERTA, RANGING IN COMMUNITIES FROM NANTON (NORTH) AND MILK RIVER (SOUTH) TO THE CROWSNEST PASS (WEST) AND MEDICINE HAT (EAST). HALMA AND OTHER OFFICIALS ORDERED THEIR APPAREL WHOLESALE THROUGH THE SOUTHERN ALBERTA BASKETBALL OFFICIALS ASSOCIATION, BASED OUT OF THE ASSOCIATION’S TREASURER’S HOME. THE ASSOCIATION SOURCED THE SHIRTS IN BULK FROM DISTRIBUTORS SUCH AS REFEREES.COM. IN CONTRAST TO SOME OTHER OFFICIALS WHO EXERCISE LESS CARE IN THEIR SHIRT’S MAINTENANCE, THE DONOR CLAIMED, “I HAVE ½ DOZEN JERSEYS WASHED AND READY TO GO”, SUPPORTING THE MUSEUM STAFF’S OBSERVATION THAT THE DONATED JERSEY WAS “LIKE NEW.” FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT RECORD AND P20120037002.
Catalogue Number
P20120037001
Acquisition Date
2012-10
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
SHIRT, “LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL POLICE”
Date Range From
2008
Date Range To
2010
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
POLYESTER, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20100050003
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SHIRT, “LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL POLICE”
Date Range From
2008
Date Range To
2010
Materials
POLYESTER, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
74.5
Width
50
Description
NAVY SHORT-SLEEVED, COLLARED POLYESTER SHIRT WITH BUTTON AND ZIPPER CLOSURE DOWN FRONT. EPAULETS AT SHOULDERS AND BUTTONED POCKETS AT CHEST. EMBROIDERED PATCHES ON BOTH SHOULDERS DEPICT A CROWNED CREST IN YELLOW, GREEN, BLUE AND RED WITH TEXT READING “LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL POLICE” IN BLACK AND “POLICE LETHBRIDGE” IN WHITE, ABOVE A CANADIAN FLAG. BRAND TAG AT INNER COLLAR READS “HORACE SMALL APPAREL COMPANY”. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS SHIRT WAS WORN BY SERGEANT GEORGE CARSCADDEN AS PART OF HIS DAILY SERVICE UNIFORM DURING HIS CAREER WITH THE LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL POLICE FORCE. CARSCADDEN JOINED THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE IN 1997, AFTER WORKING WITH THE PEEL REGIONAL POLICE SERVICES IN THE GREATER TORONTO AREA FROM 1988 TO 1997. DURING HIS CAREER IN PEEL, CARSCADDEN RECEIVED SPECIAL TRAINING, INCLUDING COMPLETING THE FBI’S OBSERVER/SNIPER COURSE, WHICH INFORMED HIS APPLICATION AND ACCEPTANCE TO THE TACTICAL UNIT IN LETHBRIDGE. REGARDING THIS SHIRT, CARSCADDEN SAID: “THAT [IS FROM] THE PATROL WORLD… THEY HAD JUST SWITCHED A COUPLE OF MONTHS PRIOR [TO HIS JOINING THE FORCE], FROM THE LIGHT BLUE [SHIRTS] TO THE DARK BLUE… THE SHIRTS AVERAGED 2-3 YEARS [OF WEAR].” THIS SHIRT HAS THE LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL POLICE SHOULDER PATCH THAT WAS INTRODUCED IN DECEMBER 2004 TO REFLECT THE FORCE’S REGIONALIZATION TO INCLUDE COALDALE, AND IN 2015 CARSCADDEN SAID HE HAD BEEN WEARING IT JUST PRIOR TO STARTING THE DONATION PROCESS IN 2010. ON JULY 28, 2015 COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED SGT. CARSCADDEN ABOUT HIS SERVICE WITH THE LRPS. CARSCADDEN SAID: ““[I STARTED OUT] IN PATROLS… I WAS VERY INTERESTED IN SOME OF THE THINGS THEY HAD IN THE TACTICAL WORLD, SO I APPLIED, AND WAS GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET ON THEIR PART-TIME TACTICAL TEAM WITHIN LETHBRIDGE [FROM 1999 – 2012]… I WAS [ALSO] ASKED IF I COULD GO INTO THE COMMUNITY LIAISON UNIT, AND WHEN I WAS IN THAT UNIT WE HAD A NEW POLICE CHIEF [CHIEF MIDDLETON-HOPE] WHO HAD AN INTEREST IN EXPANDING SOME OF THE ROLES WITHIN THE COMMUNITY RESOURCE UNIT [SO WE FORMED] A DIVERSITY UNIT [IN 2003]… THAT HAD A HAND IN DEVELOPING [RELATIONSHIPS WITH] DIFFERENT ETHNIC GROUPS IN YOUR COMMUNITY, AND HOW YOU CAN APPROACH THEM SO THEY CAN ASSIST YOU, AND VICE-VERSA FOR THEM IF THERE’S A NEED FOR HELP WITHIN THE COMMUNITY. SO I’M VERY PROUD OF THAT, AND THERE’S A COUPLE OF THINGS I WAS INVOLVED WITH IN THAT UNIT THAT WERE ABSOLUTELY AMAZING EXPERIENCES. [WE HOLD] A TEEPEE SERVICE, AND I AM THE OFFICIAL TEEPEE KEEPER, AND VERY HONOURED WITH THE DIFFERENT RESPONSIBILITIES THAT WERE HANDED OVER TO ME BY THE ELDERS WITHIN THIS AREA. SO IT’S REALLY AMAZING DOING THE JOB – REALLY IMPACTFUL, NOT ONLY FOR YOURSELF BUT THE COMMUNITY… THEN AFTER THE DIVERSITY UNIT AND BACK OUT ONTO PATROLS [IN 2006] AND THEN I WAS GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET PROMOTED… THEY PUT ME INTO THE TRAINING UNIT AGAIN, BECAUSE OF SOME OF THE EXPERIENCES THAT I HAD… THEN, JUST RECENTLY, I’M BACK ON PATROLS AS PATROL SUPERVISOR, WHICH IS FANTASTIC.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT.
Catalogue Number
P20100050003
Acquisition Date
2010-05
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
JACKET AND PANTS, DESERT CAMOUFLAGE, “TACTICAL”
Date Range From
2006
Date Range To
2010
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
CANVAS, PLASTIC
Catalogue Number
P20100050005
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
JACKET AND PANTS, DESERT CAMOUFLAGE, “TACTICAL”
Date Range From
2006
Date Range To
2010
Materials
CANVAS, PLASTIC
No. Pieces
2
Length
76.5
Width
52
Description
.A – LONG SLEEVED, COLLARED CANVAS JACKET IN IRREGULAR PATTERN IN SHADES OF BROWN, WITH GREY AND BLACK SPOTS. BUTTON CLOSURE DOWN FRONT. CHEST AND HIP POCKETS ON BOTH SIDES. BLACK EMBROIDERED PATCHES ON BOTH SHOULDERS DEPICT A CROWNED CREST IN GREY WITH TEXT READING “LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL POLICE” AND “POLICE LETHBRIDGE” ABOVE A CANADIAN FLAG. PATCH ABOVE LEFT CHEST POCKET READS “TACTICAL”. TAG AT INNER COLLAR READS “LARGE – REGULAR” AND LISTS SIZE SPECIFICATIONS. THIS NUMBER “8048” IS WRITTEN BENEATH TAG IN PERMANENT MARKER. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. 76.5 X 52 .B – CANVAS PANTS IN IRREGULAR PATTERN IN SHADES OF BROWN, WITH GREY AND BLACK SPOTS. BUTTON FLU CLOSURE WITH BUCKLED STRAPS ALONG WAISTBAND. DRAWSTRINGS AT ANKLES. HIP, SEAT, AND THIGH POCKETS. TAG AT INNER WAISTBAND READS “LARGE – REGULAR” AND LISTS SIZE SPECIFICATIONS. THE NUMBER “8048” IS WRITTEN INSIDE UNDER WAISTBAND IN PERMANENT MARKER. GENERAL WEAR THROUGHOUT, ESPECIALLY AT KNEES. STAINS OF PINK INK ALONG OUTER FLY. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION. 108 X 48
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THIS DESERT CAMOUFLAGE (ALSO KNOWN AS “CHOCOLATE CHIP” PATTERN) UNIFORM WAS WORN BY SERGEANT GEORGE CARSCADDEN DURING HIS SERVICE WITH THE LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL POLICE TACTICAL UNIT. CARSCADDEN JOINED THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE IN 1997, AFTER WORKING WITH THE PEEL REGIONAL POLICE SERVICES IN THE GREATER TORONTO AREA FROM 1988 TO 1997. DURING HIS CAREER IN PEEL, CARSCADDEN RECEIVED SPECIAL TRAINING, INCLUDING COMPLETING THE FBI’S OBSERVER/SNIPER COURSE, WHICH INFORMED HIS SERVICE WITH THE TACTICAL UNIT IN LETHBRIDGE FROM 1999 TO 2012. CARSCADDEN DESCRIBED HIS USE OF THIS UNIFORM AS SUCH: “THERE WERE A COUPLE OF CALLS WHERE I’VE WORN THAT UNIFORM… WHEN WE HAD BLACK, AND THAT WAS THE ONLY UNIFORM WE HAD, IN DAYTIME OPERATIONS YOU COULD SEE US LIKE FLIES IN SOUP. HAVING THIS TYPE OF UNIFORM MADE US MORE CONCEALABLE, AND THAT HELPS OUT IN DIFFERENT PLACES. THERE’S LOTS OF THINGS WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY WHERE THIS WOULD BLEND IN, IN THE DAYTIME… OUR TERRAIN IS MORE SANDY, A MORE DESERT-STYLE ENVIRONMENT. WE DON’T HAVE A LOT OF TALL TREES. WE DON’T NEED TO HAVE URBAN CAMO. WE RAN A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF CLOTHING THAT WE WERE COMPARING, AND THIS WAS THE BEST FOR WHAT OUR BACKGROUND WAS… IT’S ALL ABOUT IF WE CAN GET IN POSITION AND NOT BE EASILY OBSERVED. THAT PUTS YOURSELF AT LESS OF A RISK, AND THAT’S IMPORTANT FOR THE OFFICERS.” ON JULY 28, 2015 COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED SGT. CARSCADDEN ABOUT HIS SERVICE WITH THE LRPS TACTICAL UNIT. CARSCADDEN SAID: “FIRST OF ALL, I JUST WENT AS A QUARRY… ALL DIFFERENT SPECIALTY UNITS THAT HAVE SOME KIND OF TACTICAL SCENARIO LIKE TO HAVE QUARRIES TO [HELP TRAIN THEM] TO DO THEIR JOB BETTER, SO I THOUGHT ‘I’LL GO WORK AS A QUARRY TO SHOW THEM I’M INTERESTED’. A QUARRY IS GENERALLY A BAD GUY – YOU PRETEND YOU’RE HIDING, OR MOVING OR YELLING OR RUNNING AWAY AND TRYING TO EVADE THEM, AND THEY ARE TRYING TO CAPTURE YOU… IT TOOK A COUPLE OF YEARS, BUT I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH… IN THE MOVEMENT OF THE TEAM THAT THERE WERE [POSITIONS OPEN]… THERE IS A PHYSICAL, AND INTERVIEW, SOME TESTS… I WENT THROUGH AND STUDIED, AND DID THE BEST THAT I COULD… MAKING SURE YOU ARE IN GOOD PHYSICAL SHAPE BECAUSE YOU ARE CARRYING AN EXTRA 50 POUNDS OF GEAR… THAT’S JUST THE GEAR THAT YOU ARE CARRYING ON YOURSELF, NOT A RAM OR DIFFERENT TYPE OF EQUIPMENT THAT YOU MIGHT BE MOVING INTO PLACE FOR DIFFERENT TACTICS… I WAS AROUND 35 [YEARS OLD]. I WAS AN OLDER GUY APPLYING FOR THIS POSITION, BUT I WAS IN GOOD SHAPE AND HAD SOME GOOD EXPERIENCES THAT MADE ME COMPETITIVE, SO I DON’T THINK YOUR AGE TAKES YOU OUT OF THE EQUATION IF YOU ARE REALLY DETERMINED.” CARSCADDEN CONTINUED: “I’VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE IN A LOT OF DIFFERENT POSITIONS WITHIN [THE TACTICAL] UNIT… I STARTED OFF AS AN ASSAULTER… THE PERSON WHO CARRIES ALL THE GEAR, SO YOU’RE IN THE BACK… THE LAST PERSON THAT COMES IN. IT’S A GOOD POSITION TO START OFF WITH. IT MAKES IT SAFER FOR WHEN YOU’RE GOING INTO THESE HIGH-RISK ENVIRONMENTS… FROM THERE I WAS GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE OBSERVER, THEN A SNIPER, THEN FROM THERE… A BREECHER. SO YOU ARE BREECHING DOORS AND WINDOWS. [THEN] I WENT TO THE FRONT OF THE TACTICAL LINE-UP, WHICH IS THE SCOUT… THEN THE LAST SIX YEARS THAT I WAS ON THE TACTICAL TEAM, I WAS THE PERSON IN CHARGE, THE TEAM LEADER… AND I WAS RUNNING OPERATIONS IN CONJUNCTION WITH OUR CANINE UNIT AND OUR EXPLOSIVES DISPOSAL UNIT… THE TRAINING IS REALLY GOOD. [THE TEAM] TRAINS EVERY TWO WEEKS, AND DO LOTS OF MOVEMENTS AND SHOOTING AND TACTICS. IT’S A PERISHABLE SKILL, THAT IF YOU DON’T REPEAT AND PRACTICE IT ALL THE TIME, IT DIMINISHES… PRACTICE IS IMPORTANT. IT ALLOWS YOU TO BE BETTER AT YOUR GAME... YOU NEED TO HAVE A MINDSET [OF] BEING NOT ONLY PHYSICALLY TOUGH, BUT MENTALLY TOUGH, WHEN YOU DEAL WITH THINGS IN A HIGH-RISK ENVIRONMENT… YOU’VE GOT TO HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF DRIVE TO GET YOU THROUGH THINGS.” CARSCADDEN CONCLUDED: “ONE OF THE THINGS I’M PROUD OF ON THE TACTICAL SIDE IS THAT I WAS THE OFFICER WHO WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN BRINGING LESS LETHAL CAPABILITY TO THE TEAM… [WE] MAKE THE DIFFERENCE IN SAVING SOMEBODY’S LIFE. WE HELP THEM THROUGH THAT TIME OF NEED… WE HAVE ESTABLISHED WHERE, IN THE PAST IF THAT PERSON COULD HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN SHOT AND INJURED, IF NOT FATALLY SHOT, THAT PERSON NOW CAN BE DEALT WITH A LESS LETHAL MEANS… WE ARE ABLE TO RESTRAIN, ARREST, WITH THESE LESS LETHAL CAPABILITIES. THAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE FOR THEM… THE EXPERIENCES THAT I HAD IN PEEL [SHOWED ME LESS LETHAL CAPABILITIES] IN OPERATION AND HOW IT WORKED… THEY WERE ONE OF THE FIRST SERVICES IN CANADA TO HAVE THE RUBBER BULLET… WHEN YOU’RE LOOKING AT DIFFERENT TACTICS AND HOW YOU CAN DO IT BETTER, THAT WAS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I RECOGNIZED, THAT [LETHBRIDGE] COULD BRING THIS ON. IT WOULD BE BETTER FOR OUR TEAM AND OUR COMMUNITY: AS OPPOSED TO SHOOTING SOMEBODY AND STOPPING THEM THAT WAY, WE COULD USE THE [RUBBER BULLET] OR BEANBAG ROUND AND THAT WOULD BE ABLE TO HELP STOP THESE PEOPLE [BUT] SAVE THEIR LIVES… IT REALLY OPENS PEOPLE’S EYES WHEN THEY SEE THAT THERE’S A LOT OF OTHER RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO PUT IN PLACE FOR DIFFERENT TACTICS. AND WHEN PEOPLE SEE THERE’S ANOTHER WAY OF DOING BUSINESS, IT’S HELPFUL FOR US TO PROGRESS AND PUSH FORWARD… THESE PIECES OF EQUIPMENT ARE HERE TO ALLOW US TO KEEP THINGS CONTROLLED AND TO MAKE US DO OUR JOB BETTER… I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE INVOLVED WITH A VERY SPECIALIZED UNIT AND I’M VERY PROUD OF IT.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT.
Catalogue Number
P20100050005
Acquisition Date
2010-05
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
CHINOOK COUNTRY SHOOTERS CLUB
Date Range From
1987
Date Range To
2012
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20120022000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CHINOOK COUNTRY SHOOTERS CLUB
Date Range From
1987
Date Range To
2012
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Height
80.7
Length
83.7
Width
7.8
Description
WHITE POLO STYLE SHIRT. BLACK COLLAR AND SHOULDER PANELS THAT TAPER DOWN THE FRONT. RED SLEEVES WITH BLACK CUFFS. WHITE STITCHING ALONG BOTTOM EDGE. FRONT UPPER LEFT SIDE HAS EMBROIDERED IN WHITE THREAD, “AL.” FRONT RIGHT BREAST HAS EMBROIDERED IN BLACK THREAD, “CHINOOK COUNTRY SHOOTERS CLUB” WITH LOGO THAT HAS THREE TARGETS CONNECTED BY A LINE THROUGH BULL’S-EYES. REVERSE HAS EMBROIDERED IN BLACK THREAD, “CHINOOK COUNTRY SHOOTERS CLUB LETHBRIDGE AB.” SMALL HOLE AT MID-RIGHT BACK. TAG INSIDE COLLAR AT BACK READS, “ASH CITY ® CA 15155, 100% COTTON, MADE IN CANADA BY ASH CITY, XL, MACHINE WASH SEPARATELY IN COLD WATER. ABSOLUTELY NO BLEACHING AGENTS AND IMMEDIATELY TUMBLE DRY ON LOW. DO NOT LAY FLAT TO DRY.”
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SPORTS
LEISURE
History
ON MARCH 20, 2012 GALT STAFF CONDUCTED AN INTERVIEW WITH ALLEN FRIESEN. THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION HAS BEEN EXTRACTED FROM A LONGER NARRATIVE. “I AM A TARGET SHOOTER AND THAT IS BASICALLY WHAT I DO FOR RECREATION, MORE SO. I DON’T REALLY COMPETE MUCH, NOW. I JUST BASICALLY DO IT FOR FUN MORE SO, AND ALSO DO SOME COACHING, AND I’VE DONE THAT FOR ABOUT 25 YEARS. YOU KNOW I JUST, IT’S JUST A LOT OF FUN TO DO, SHOOTING, AND IT IS A VERY ENJOYABLE SPORT. ONE OF THE ONES THAT WE DON’T HAVE IS THAT THERE IS NO REAL STRUCTURE FOR IT, THERE’S NO REAL NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR IT, LIKE IPSIC, WHICH IS A WORLDWIDE ASSOCIATION, BUT THERE IS NO REAL ASSOCIATION BUT OUR 3 GUN MATCHES. ON OUR RANGE THERE ARE THREE GUN MATCHES WHERE OUR COMPETITOR IN THE SAME STAGE USES RIFLE, HANDGUN AND SHOTGUN—AND THOSE ARE EXTREMELY ENJOYABLE. IT GETS YOUR BLOOD PUMPING, IT GETS VERY EXCITING AND AT THE END YOU’RE OUT OF BREATH, YOU BARELY DID ANYTHING, BUT YOU HAVE BEEN HOLDING YOUR BREATH WHEN YOU HAVE BEEN PRESSING THE TRIGGER, YOU HAVE BEEN RUNNING, YOU HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN DOING, SO IT VERY MUCH ENGAGES YOU IN IT. SO IT’S A VERY ENGAGING SPORT, YOU CAN DO IT AT THE LEVEL THAT YOU WANT TO DO IT AT. PHYSICALLY IF YOU’RE NOT ABLE TO MOVE MUCH WELL THERE ARE SHOOTING SPORTS THAT YOU CAN DO, SET YOUR FIREARM ON THE TABLE AND DISCHARGE IT FROM THE TABLE AND YOU TRY AND SHOOT THE TIGHTEST GROUP POSSIBLE KIND OF THING. AND THAT’S GOOD, THAT’S A GREAT THING. OTHERS THAT ARE MORE ACTIVE CAN DO MORE, HAVE MORE OPTIONS IN TERMS OF THE SHOOTING SPORT. BUT THEY ARE LIFELONG SPORTS, THEY ARE THE SAFEST SPORT THERE IS AND I’M A BIG FAN. I THINK THAT IT IS GREAT. ” WHEN ASKED ABOUT HIS TRAINING TO BECOME A COACH, FRIESEN RESPONDED BY SAYING, “BASICALLY JUST TAKING THE COURSES REQUIRED TO BE ABLE TO COMPETE, AND THEN JUST LOTS OF PRACTICE AND LEARNING BY GOING TO LOTS OF MATCHES AND LEARNING FROM OTHER COMPETITORS. FOR SHOOTING SPORTS, IT IS REALLY INTERESTING IN THAT THE COMPETITORS ARE QUITE WILLING TO GIVE YOU TIPS AND SUGGESTIONS IN TERMS OF MAKING YOU A BETTER SHOOTER. IT’S NOT LIKE OTHER SPORTS WHERE THEY ARE HOLDING THEIR SECRET WEAPON BACK. THEY ARE GOING TO SAY, HEY HAVE YOU EVER TRIED THIS, YOU SHOULD GIVE THAT A GO. ANYWAY, IT’S A MUCH MORE OF AN OPEN TYPE OF SPORTY IN THAT REGARD.” WHEN ASKED HOW A COACH MIGHT MOTIVATE A COMPETITOR FRIESEN SAID, “YOU KNOW I’M NOT REALLY SO MUCH TRYING TO GET THEM TO ENTER A COMPETITION. MY BIG GOAL IS THAT THEY BE SAFE FIRST OF ALL. SO THEY ARE SAFE, THAT’S OUR PRIMARY CONCERN. ONCE THEY ARE DOING THINGS SAFELY, THEN I WANT THEM TO HAVE SOME FUN DOING IT. THEN, IF THEY WANT TO COMPETE, THEN I WILL ENCOURAGE THEM TO COMPETE AND ASSIST THEM WITH THAT. THAT’S OUR PRIORITY, SAFETY FIRST, THEN FUN, THEN COMPETE IF THEY WISH TO DO THAT. SOME PEOPLE, WITH THE SHOOTING SPORTS, IT’S AN ACTIVITY WHICH YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE INVOLVED OR GO TO COMPETITIONS IF YOU DON’T WISH TO. SO IT’S A LIFELONG TYPE OF ACTIVITY. IT’S THE SAFEST SPORT THERE IS, SO THOSE ARE THE THINGS THAT REALLY APPEAL TO ME ABOUT IT. SO, THE COMPETITIONS, IF THEY WISH TO THAT FINE, IF THEY DON’T, THEN I TEACH THEM THE FUNDAMENTALS, SO THAT THEY CAN BE SAFE AND HAVE FUN DOING IT, THEN I’M HAPPY WITH THAT. WE HAVE SOME BASIC TYPE OF INSTRUCTION THAT WE DO. WE HAVE A CHECKLIST THAT WE FOLLOW, THAT THEY HAVE THE RIGHT ABILITIES AND SKILLS TO ENGAGE SAFELY. BUT AFTER THAT THERE IS A COURSE CALLED THE BLACK BADGE COURSE, AND THIS IS SPECIFICALLY FOR INTERNATIONAL PRACTICAL SHOOTING CONFEDERATION. SO THE BLACK BADGE COURSE IS ONE SPECIFICALLY FOR THAT SPORT. IT FOCUSES ON THE RULES OF THAT SPORT. IT’S A REQUIREMENT TO COMPLETE THAT COURSE AND SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETE A MATCH AFTER THAT COURSE IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN MATCHES. YOU HAVE TO HAVE A BLACK BADGE IN ORDER TO COMPETE IN THEIR MATCHES. [THROUGH COACHING, I’VE HAD] A LOT OF OPPORTUNITIES TO WORK WITH A LOT OF YOUNG PEOPLE WHO ARE VERY MUCH ENTHUSED ABOUT DOING WHAT THEY ARE DOING AND THEIR PARENTS. THAT’S THE KIND OF A REQUIREMENT THAT WE HAVE. WE HAVE FOR OUR JUNIOR LEAGUE, THAT’S FOR OUR YOUTH, WE REQUIRE THAT THE ADULTS ALSO COME TO, AT LEAST THAT AN ADULT BE ON SITE WITH THEIR CHILDREN. SO IT’S JUST ENJOYABLE TO SHARE THE SPORT, TO LET OTHER PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT IT. ON FIRST BLUSH, IT LOOKS KIND OF UNUSUAL. I REMEMBER WHEN I WAS FIRST INTRODUCED TO SHOOTING SPORTS, I HAD A FRIEND WHO TOLD ME ABOUT IT AND I SAID ‘OH MAN, THAT SOUNDS LIKE A WHOLE BUNCH OF MACHO BULLSHIT, I DON’T THINK I’M INTERESTED, BUT I SAID O.K., I’LL COME OUT AND TRY IT. IT’S JUST VERY ENJOYABLE. I CAN’T UNDERSTAND WHY IT’S SO ENJOYABLE, BUT IT IS. THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE, IN TERMS OF RECOIL, THE SMOKE, AND THE NOISE, IT’S JUST A LOT OF FUN TO DO. [AS A VOLUNTEER COACH] I THINK THAT VOLUNTEERING IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. IT’S EXTREMELY GRATIFYING. I MEAN, YOU’RE MOTIVATION ISN’T TO DO IT BECAUSE YOU’RE GETTING PAID. I GET PAID DOING OTHER THINGS THAT’S A SATISFACTORY COMPENSATION FOR ME. I DON’T NEED MONEY FOR EVERYTHING THAT I DO, SO A CHUNK OF TIME THAT I HAVE AVAILABLE, I VOLUNTEER, AND I ENJOY DOING IT. [WORKING WITH PARENTS AND KIDS IN] THE SHOOTING SPORTS, [IS] DEFINITELY [ENJOYABLE]. YES IT IS, IT IS GOOD BECAUSE THE PARENTS, WE’RE ALL ON THE SAME PAGE. WE WANT THEIR CHILDREN TO DO IT SAFELY, AND THE PARENTS ARE CERTAINLY ON THE SAME SIDE IN TERMS OF THAT I MIGHT BE VERY ADAMANT WITH THE PARTICIPANT ABOUT KEEPING THEIR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER FOR AN EXAMPLE, AND I MIGHT HEAR THE PARENT SAYING THE SAME THING ‘OH, HEY, KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THAT TRIGGER’. I’LL SAY IT AND THE PARENT WILL JUMP IN AS WELL, SO THEY’RE ON THE SAME PAGE IN TERMS OF DOING IT. [THERE IS] CERTAINLY [A LOT OF RESPECT BETWEEN THE PARENTS AND THE COACH] AND THEY UNDERSTAND THE REASONS WHY THAT I MIGHT BE STRESSING POINTS BECAUSE THERE IS A SAFETY ISSUE. IF IT’S DONE SAFELY, IT’S A SPORT YOU CAN DO FOREVER, BUT IT HAS TO BE DONE SAFELY OR OF COURSE THERE IS SOME INHERENT DANGER IN IT.” WHEN ASKED ABOUT PRESSURES THAT MAY EXIST WITHIN THE SPORT, FRIESEN RELATED, “FOR THE COMPETITORS THERE IS FOR SURE IS. NO QUESTION. FOR ME, I’M COACHING, I TELL THEM THE RIGHT THINGS TO DO, AND IF THEY DO IT, THEN THAT’S O.K. AND IF THEY DO IT, THERE REALLY ISN’T MUCH PRESSURE, BUT THE PRESSURE CERTAINLY IS THERE. I MEAN ANY COMPETITION HAS PRESSURE INVOLVED WITH IT. THAT’S WHAT UPS THE ANTE ON IT, THAT’S WHAT MAKES IT IMPORTANT.” RESPONDING TO A QUESTION ABOUT WHAT HAS KEPT HIM INVOLVED FOR SO MANY YEARS, FRIESEN ANSWERED, “I ENJOY IT STILL, IT’S SOMETHING I CAN DO AND CAN ADD VALUE. IT’S STILL SOMETHING THAT IS AN EXCITING THING TO BE INVOLVED IN, SO YEAH. I’VE HAD SOME EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD DAYS WHERE I DID EXTREMELY WELL, AND ONE OF THOSE I WON THIS BIG HONKING ROBERT BATEMAN PRINT KIND OF A THING BECAUSE I WON MY CATEGORY AND THAT’S STILL SOMETHING THAT I HAVE AS A MEMENTO. AND I STILL HAVE SOME TARGETS THAT I FIRED THAT WERE EXTREMELY GOOD, YOU KNOW THEY’RE STICKING UP IN MY GARAGE AND I GIVE THOSE A LOOK ONCE IN AWHILE. AS AN ATHLETE, I GUESS, THOSE KINDS OF THINGS. AS A COACH, SOME GRATIFICATION WHEN YOU HAVE, SOME GENTLEMAN I JUST MENTIONED THAT IS A SPONSORED SHOOTER NOW, WELL THAT’S REALLY GRATIFYING. WE’VE HAD LOTS OF KIDS IN 4-H GROUPS, WELL THEY WEREN’T THERE FOR ANY COMPETITIVE PURPOSES, THEY WERE THERE TO LEARN THE SAFETY ASPECTS. AND SO NOW THEY COME BACK AND THEY ARE ADULTS NOW, AND THEY ARE SAYING “HOW CAN I, DO YOU NEED ME TO HELP, DO YOU NEED SOME VOLUNTEERS?” I MEAN THAT’S GREAT, THAT’S KEEPING IT MOVING KIND OF THING. THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO WERE MY MENTORS, MY COACHES, PEOPLE WHO HELPED ME WHEN I WAS YOUNGER. THOSE FOLKS ARE GOING ON TO HELP OTHER PEOPLE, SO IT’S A GREAT CYCLE.” RECALLING SOME OF THE CHALLENGES TO BEING A COACH AND SHOOTER, FRIESEN SAID, “SHOOTING SPORTS ARE VERY UNUSUAL IN THAT THE BASICS ARE VERY EASY TO MASTER, THEN ALL IT IS THAT YOU HAVE TO SHUT UP, STOP THINKING ABOUT IT AND JUST DO IT. IF YOU OVER THINK IT, THAT’S WHEN THINGS GO AWRY. SO, IF YOU KIND OF HAVE A PLAN, YOU KNOW THE BASICS, YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE GOING TO DO, AND THEN AFTER THAT, AT THE POINT WHEN YOU ARE ACTUALLY ENGAGED IN IT, WHEN THE BUZZER BLOWS AND YOU BEGIN TO ENGAGE IN THOSE TARGETS, YOU DON’T THINK ABOUT IT. YOU HAD THE PLAN BEFORE, YOU KEEP YOUR MIND QUIET AND DO WHAT YOU’VE GOT TO DO AND THAT KIND OF THING, AND IT WORKS REALLY WELL. WHERE IT’S CHALLENGING IS WHEN YOU START TALKING TO YOURSELF TOO MUCH WHEN YOU’RE SHOOTING, THEN THE WHEELS FALL OFF IN A HURRY. [S]HOOTING IS THE SAFEST SPORT THERE IS. I MEAN I CUT MY FINGER ONCE, MINOR THINGS LIKE THAT, BUT SHOOTING IS THE SAFEST SPORT THERE IS. WHEN ASKED TO DESCRIBE THE EXPERIENCE OF SHOOTING, FRIESEN RECALLED, “HERE’S ONE OF THE STAGES FROM A 3 GUN MATCH THAT WE HAD THAT I RECALL. BASICALLY YOU START IT OFF IN A LITTLE CARD WE HAD IT ON AN INCLINE, THEN ON THE BUZZER, THEY HAVE CHECKED YOU ALL OVER AND MADE SURE YOU ARE READY TO GO, AND YOU KNOW WHAT THE COURSE OF FIRE IS. SO THERE IS A RANGE OFFICER THAT IS WITH YOU AT ALL TIMES. AND THAT PERSON WOULD SAY ‘DO YOU KNOW THE COURSE OF FIRE AND IF YOU DO, LOAD AND MAKE READY’ SO YOU LOAD AND MAKE READY, AND YOU HAVE YOUR SHOTGUN ON THIS LITTLE CART THAT YOU ARE IN AND YOU HAVE YOUR PISTOL LOADED IN YOUR HOLSTER AND YOU HAVE YOUR RIFLE STAGE FURTHER DOWN RANGE. SO THEN IT WOULD BE ON THE BUZZER YOU HIT THIS RELEASE AND THE CART STARTS ROLLING DOWN THE RAMP AND AS AS IT DOES, THERE IS THESE CLAY PIGEONS THAT ARE ALL THE WAY DOWN THE SIDES AND YOU HAVE TO SHOOT AT THE CLAY PIGEONS ON EITHER SIDE AND GET OUT , EXIT THE CART, AND THEN THERE ARE SOME OTHER PIECES OF STEEL THAT YOU HAVE TO SHOOT WITH YOUR SHOTGUN AND THEN THE LAST ONE THAT YOU SHOOT TRIGGERS A BIRD THROWER, A CLAY PIGEON THROWER, AND IT FLINGS A BIRD UP IN THE AIR, AND YOU HAVE TO HIT THAT WHEN ITS GOING, AND THEN YOU HAVE TO UNLOAD AND SHOW THAT YOUR FIREARM IS CLEAR. THEN YOU MOVE TO THE NEXT STAGE WHERE YOU GRAB YOUR PISTOL THERE IS A BUNCH OF PAPER TARGETS, IT’S CALLED THE COOPER TUNNEL, A TUNNEL THAT YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH SO YOU HAVE TO CROUCH DOWN OR GO ON YOUR KNEES AND YOU HAVE TO SHOOT THROUGH LITTLE PORTS THAT YOU HAVE TO SHOOT THROUGH, AND SHOOT THROUGH THERE, AND THIS SIDE YOU HAVE TO SHOOT THROUGH. SO YOU GO THROUGH THIS WHOLE PROCESS THAT WAY, THEN WHEN YOU EXIT THERE ARE STILL A COUPLE TARGETS STILL FOR PISTOL AT THE END. THEN YOU HAVE TO UNLOAD, LOCK THE ACTION OF YOUR PISTOL, SET YOUR PISTOL DOWN AND A RANGE OFFICER SEES THAT YOU ARE ALL CLEAR AND THEN YOU GO TO YOUR RIFLE THAT WAS STAGED THERE. AND THEN THERE ARE SOME TARGETS AND THOSE TARGETS, ACTUALLY WE HAD THEM ON A BIANCHE MOVER, THAT IS ACTUALLY A PLATFORM THAT IS ON A CHAIN DRIVE THAT MOVES THE TARGETS ACROSS. AS ITS MOVING YOU HAVE TO GO AND FIRE AT THEM WITH YOUR RIFLE TO HIT THESE PIECES OF PAPER AS THEY ARE MOVING ACROSS IN FRONT OF YOU. THAT DOESN’T SOUND LIKE A BUNCH OF PHYSICAL STUFF, BUT YOU ARE JUST PUFFING AT THE END. AND IF YOU DO IT WELL, IT TAKES 35 SECONDS, SOMETHING LIKE THAT. IT’S ALL MEASURED IN THE HITS AND THE TIME. THOSE ARE THE TWO THINGS. SOME PEOPLE, LIKE RYAN I WAS TALKING ABOUT WHO IS ON THIS NATIONAL TEAM, MAN HE’S LIKE HALF MY TIME, ALL THE TIME. IF I CAN EVEN DOUBLE HIS TIME, I’M PLEASED WITH THAT. SO THE ONLY THING I GET LUCKY WITH IS IF MY ACCURACY IS BETTER THAN HIS. BUT HE IS ACCURATE AND HE IS FAST AND THAT’S DIFFICULT. ANYWAY, THAT’S WHAT A 3-GUN STAGE IS LIKE. FUN STUFF. [G]OING OUT ON NORMAL PRACTICE IS A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT, LIKE FOR THE SHOTGUN SHOOTERS, THEY’LL JUST HAVE A BIRD THROWER AND THEY WILL JUST KEEP FOLLOWING THE BIRD, PRESSING THE TRIGGER AND FOLLOWING THE BIRD. FOR THE RIFLE SHOOTERS, TYPICALLY, THEY JUST WANT TO SHOOT THE TIGHTEST GROUP POSSIBLE. THAT MEANS THAT BASICALLY WHEN YOU FIRE, THE PROJECTILES END UP IN A SMALL AREA ALTOGETHER, OR IF PREFERRED, TOUCHING. THE PEOPLE WHO DO IT, THEY’LL SHOOT TARGETS AT 100,200 AND 300 YARDS. SO NOW FOR ME, I’M NOT A BIG CENTRE FIRE RIFLE SHOOTER, BUT I’M NOT BAD AT IT, WITH GOOD EQUIPMENT, I CAN SHOOT MAYBE A 5-INCH GROUP AT MAYBE 100 YARDS. SO 5 SHOTS AT 300 YARDS ARE ALL WITHIN THAT 5-INCH DIAMETER. THE PEOPLE THAT ARE REALLY GOOD CAN SHOOT 5 SHOTS AT 300 YARDS AND CAN PUT THEM IN A MUCH TIGHTER AREA, SO THEY WOULD OBVIOUSLY WIN THAT COMPETITION OVER ME. IT’S VERY CONTROLLED, VERY METHODICAL. THEY WILL BE MONITORING THEIR BREATHING, THEY HAVE A SYSTEM FOR IT, THEY WILL DO LIKE “NOW I’LL TAKE 7 BREATHS AND AS I STOP, PRESS THE TRIGGER AND THEN GET PREPARED FOR THE NEXT ONE”. SOME OF THEM VERY MUCH HAVE A SYSTEM TOO THAT IS VERY METHODICAL AND OTHERS, HANDGUN SHOOTING—WHICH IS WHAT I DO MOSTLY, IT’S MOSTLY DRILLS- DRILLS IN TERMS OF DRAW, SHOOT, RELOAD. IT’S ALL IN TERMS OF FUNCTIONALITY AND RELOADING, AND BEING SAFE WITH THE DRAW AND GETTING THE HIT AS QUICK AS YOU CAN. THE PEOPLE THAT CAN DO IT DRAW AND HIT THE TARGET IN UNDER A SECOND. I’M PROBABLY 1.3 SECONDS, COMMONLY. THAT’S NOT MUCH DIFFERENCE, BIT IN ALL SPORTS IT’S LIKE THAT—A VERY SMALL TIME DIFFERENCE MAKES THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FIRST AND FIFTH PLACE.” FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPTION, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20120022000
Acquisition Date
2012-06
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
SET, “ROLLERBLADE”
Date Range From
1999
Date Range To
2010
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
PLASTIC, NYLON, FOAM
Catalogue Number
P20100050001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SET, “ROLLERBLADE”
Date Range From
1999
Date Range To
2010
Materials
PLASTIC, NYLON, FOAM
No. Pieces
2
Height
8
Length
25.5
Width
97
Description
PAIR OF BLACK ROUND PLASTIC SHIELDS MOUNTED TO BLACK PADDED COTTON SLEEVES. BACKING OF SLEEVES IS ELASTICIZED. STRIPS OF VELCRO ARE SEWN TO THE FRONT OF SLEEVES ABOVE AND BELOW PLASTIC SHIELDS. EACH SLEEVE HAS TWO BLACK WOVEN ELASTICIZED STRAPS WITH GREY STRIPES, ATTACHED AT TOP AND BOTTOM. ENDS OF STRAPS HAVE WHITE LABELS READING “ROLLERBLADE”, AND VELCRO SEWN TO OPPOSITE SIDES. SCUFFS AND GENERAL WEAR ON THE PLASTIC SHIELDS, AND WEAR ALONG EDGES OF FABRIC AND VELCRO. OVERALL VERY GOOD CONDITION.
Subjects
SPORTS EQUIPMENT
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
SAFETY SERVICES
History
THESE KNEE PADS WERE USED BY SERGEANT GEORGE CARSCADDEN DURING HIS SERVICE WITH THE LETHBRIDGE REGIONAL POLICE TACTICAL UNIT FROM 1999 TO 2012. CARSCADDEN JOINED THE LETHBRIDGE POLICE IN 1997, AFTER WORKING WITH THE PEEL REGIONAL POLICE SERVICES IN THE GREATER TORONTO AREA FROM 1988 TO 1997. DURING HIS CAREER IN PEEL, CARSCADDEN RECEIVED SPECIAL TRAINING, INCLUDING COMPLETING THE FBI’S OBSERVER/SNIPER COURSE, WHICH INFORMED HIS APPLICATION AND ACCEPTANCE TO THE TACTICAL UNIT IN LETHBRIDGE. CARSCADDEN DESCRIBED HIS USE OF THESE KNEE PADS AS SUCH: “I PUT THEM ON AND I WEAR THEM UNDERNEATH MY PANTS… THEY PROTECT YOUR KNEES. IF YOU’RE ON AN UNSTABLE PLATFORM, YOU NEED YOUR KNEES. AND THE MORE PROTECTION WE CAN MAKE FOR OURSELVES, THE LONGER YOU CAN LAST IN DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENTS… THESE ONES I BOUGHT AT THE SKATEBOARD SHOP… NOW, THEY HAVE [PROPER] TACTICAL KNEEPADS. THAT’S THE CHANGE THAT I’VE SEEN WITH GEAR AND EQUIPMENT. IT’S GOT MORE SPECIALIZED AND PURPOSEFUL FOR THE OFFICER.” ON JULY 28, 2015 COLLECTIONS TECHNICIAN KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED SGT. CARSCADDEN ABOUT HIS SERVICE WITH THE LRPS TACTICAL UNIT. CARSCADDEN SAID: “FIRST OF ALL, I JUST WENT AS A QUARRY… ALL DIFFERENT SPECIALTY UNITS THAT HAVE SOME KIND OF TACTICAL SCENARIO LIKE TO HAVE QUARRIES TO [HELP TRAIN THEM] TO DO THEIR JOB BETTER, SO I THOUGHT ‘I’LL GO WORK AS A QUARRY TO SHOW THEM I’M INTERESTED’. A QUARRY IS GENERALLY A BAD GUY – YOU PRETEND YOU’RE HIDING, OR MOVING OR YELLING OR RUNNING AWAY AND TRYING TO EVADE THEM, AND THEY ARE TRYING TO CAPTURE YOU… IT TOOK A COUPLE OF YEARS, BUT I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH… IN THE MOVEMENT OF THE TEAM THAT THERE WERE [POSITIONS OPEN]… THERE IS A PHYSICAL, AND INTERVIEW, SOME TESTS… I WENT THROUGH AND STUDIED, AND DID THE BEST THAT I COULD… MAKING SURE YOU ARE IN GOOD PHYSICAL SHAPE BECAUSE YOU ARE CARRYING AN EXTRA 50 POUNDS OF GEAR… THAT’S JUST THE GEAR THAT YOU ARE CARRYING ON YOURSELF, NOT A RAM OR DIFFERENT TYPE OF EQUIPMENT THAT YOU MIGHT BE MOVING INTO PLACE FOR DIFFERENT TACTICS… I WAS AROUND 35 [YEARS OLD]. I WAS AN OLDER GUY APPLYING FOR THIS POSITION, BUT I WAS IN GOOD SHAPE AND HAD SOME GOOD EXPERIENCES THAT MADE ME COMPETITIVE, SO I DON’T THINK YOUR AGE TAKES YOU OUT OF THE EQUATION IF YOU ARE REALLY DETERMINED.” CARSCADDEN CONTINUED: “I’VE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE IN A LOT OF DIFFERENT POSITIONS WITHIN [THE TACTICAL] UNIT… I STARTED OFF AS AN ASSAULTER… THE PERSON WHO CARRIES ALL THE GEAR, SO YOU’RE IN THE BACK… THE LAST PERSON THAT COMES IN. IT’S A GOOD POSITION TO START OFF WITH. IT MAKES IT SAFER FOR WHEN YOU’RE GOING INTO THESE HIGH-RISK ENVIRONMENTS… FROM THERE I WAS GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE OBSERVER, THEN A SNIPER, THEN FROM THERE… A BREECHER. SO YOU ARE BREECHING DOORS AND WINDOWS. [THEN] I WENT TO THE FRONT OF THE TACTICAL LINE-UP, WHICH IS THE SCOUT… THEN THE LAST SIX YEARS THAT I WAS ON THE TACTICAL TEAM, I WAS THE PERSON IN CHARGE, THE TEAM LEADER… AND I WAS RUNNING OPERATIONS IN CONJUNCTION WITH OUR CANINE UNIT AND OUR EXPLOSIVES DISPOSAL UNIT… THE TRAINING IS REALLY GOOD. [THE TEAM] TRAINS EVERY TWO WEEKS, AND DO LOTS OF MOVEMENTS AND SHOOTING AND TACTICS. IT’S A PERISHABLE SKILL, THAT IF YOU DON’T REPEAT AND PRACTICE IT ALL THE TIME, IT DIMINISHES… PRACTICE IS IMPORTANT. IT ALLOWS YOU TO BE BETTER AT YOUR GAME... YOU NEED TO HAVE A MINDSET [OF] BEING NOT ONLY PHYSICALLY TOUGH, BUT MENTALLY TOUGH, WHEN YOU DEAL WITH THINGS IN A HIGH-RISK ENVIRONMENT… YOU’VE GOT TO HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF DRIVE TO GET YOU THROUGH THINGS.” CARSCADDEN CONCLUDED: “ONE OF THE THINGS I’M PROUD OF ON THE TACTICAL SIDE IS THAT I WAS THE OFFICER WHO WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN BRINGING LESS LETHAL CAPABILITY TO THE TEAM… [WE] MAKE THE DIFFERENCE IN SAVING SOMEBODY’S LIFE. WE HELP THEM THROUGH THAT TIME OF NEED… WE HAVE ESTABLISHED WHERE, IN THE PAST IF THAT PERSON COULD HAVE ACTUALLY BEEN SHOT AND INJURED, IF NOT FATALLY SHOT, THAT PERSON NOW CAN BE DEALT WITH A LESS LETHAL MEANS… WE ARE ABLE TO RESTRAIN, ARREST, WITH THESE LESS LETHAL CAPABILITIES. THAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE FOR THEM… THE EXPERIENCES THAT I HAD IN PEEL [SHOWED ME LESS LETHAL CAPABILITIES] IN OPERATION AND HOW IT WORKED… THEY WERE ONE OF THE FIRST SERVICES IN CANADA TO HAVE THE RUBBER BULLET… WHEN YOU’RE LOOKING AT DIFFERENT TACTICS AND HOW YOU CAN DO IT BETTER, THAT WAS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I RECOGNIZED, THAT [LETHBRIDGE] COULD BRING THIS ON. IT WOULD BE BETTER FOR OUR TEAM AND OUR COMMUNITY: AS OPPOSED TO SHOOTING SOMEBODY AND STOPPING THEM THAT WAY, WE COULD USE THE [RUBBER BULLET] OR BEANBAG ROUND AND THAT WOULD BE ABLE TO HELP STOP THESE PEOPLE [BUT] SAVE THEIR LIVES… IT REALLY OPENS PEOPLE’S EYES WHEN THEY SEE THAT THERE’S A LOT OF OTHER RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO PUT IN PLACE FOR DIFFERENT TACTICS. AND WHEN PEOPLE SEE THERE’S ANOTHER WAY OF DOING BUSINESS, IT’S HELPFUL FOR US TO PROGRESS AND PUSH FORWARD… THESE PIECES OF EQUIPMENT ARE HERE TO ALLOW US TO KEEP THINGS CONTROLLED AND TO MAKE US DO OUR JOB BETTER… I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE INVOLVED WITH A VERY SPECIALIZED UNIT AND I’M VERY PROUD OF IT.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT.
Catalogue Number
P20100050001
Acquisition Date
2010-05
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail