Living in a rural village in central Baja is like stepping back in time when life was simpler and everyone knew and cared for each other. This is one of the many things I love about our village. We all help each other out and the expats that live here try very hard to assist the villagers whenever they are able.
One of the challenges in small towns is keeping public works programs operating on a very low budget, as very often workers are grossly underpaid, or not paid at all. Such it is with our local policia. Our police chief and most of the officers are from here so they know everybody. My husband fixes their radios, and one day in March the Comandante was visiting us while a lawyer friend of mine and her partner – who is a judge from my home town – were also visiting.
The friendly talk led to a discussion of how the force operates here and how underbudgeted they are. He sadly showed her how threadbare his uniform was and asked if there was some way to get a uniform sent down from Canada, as they are prohibitively expensive or unavailable here.
So my friend Geri Sanson contacted the police chief in Chatham and asked about the possibility of getting some uniforms donated. The Chatham Police department took the task to heart and came up with not one but 20 uniforms that consisted of both blue and white shirts, pants, beautiful jackets and vests.
The next challenge was how to get them across two borders and into the hands of our officers. This is the time of year is when many Canadian snowbirds head south, so a wonderful couple named Tim and Barb from Vernon, British Columbia agreed to pack the two big boxes down with them and deliver them personally to Bahia Asuncion.
Needless to say, the Chief and other officers were thrilled with the uniforms and plan to use them for special events. We hope this becomes an annual donation that will keep our police looking dapper.
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