2012-11-09 13:04 PST

photos of officers and staff in videoLocal Mounties are reflecting on the positive response that the RCMP’s It Gets Better video project has received across the country.

Championed by officers in the Surrey RCMP’s Youth Unit and supported by police officers and civilian employees across Metro Vancouver, the video is aimed at Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered youth.

I think some of us were a little shocked, initially, by the amount of attention it has received, says Surrey RCMP Constable Cheryl Letkeman, who came up with the idea for the RCMP to produce a video and join the It Gets Better movement.

Hopefully through word of mouth and the power of social media, this video will reach youth who are grappling with this issue. Ultimately it is about making a lasting connection and providing the support necessary to make it better.

The project was supported by RCMP Senior Management who shared the same desire to showcase the powerful and personal stories of some of their employees with those who may be struggling or even help those who are looking for ways to start the conversation.

We are very proud of our officers, support staff, and volunteers who contributed to such a meaningful and impactful project, says Surrey RCMP Officer in Charge Chief Superintendent Bill Fordy.

By sharing their stories, the hope is to increase understanding, acceptance, and open communications among youth and adults in our communities. We too hope to see a diverse group of youth flourish in school and society.

This project complements other initiatives undertaken by the Surrey RCMP and its partners to address the issue of bullying in our community. Look for upcoming announcements on initiatives such as the Stop Bullying Film contest in the days and weeks to come.

For more information and to view the video please visit External link, opens in a new windowwww.itgetsbetter.org, RCMP TV on YouTube, or visit the Surrey RCMP External link, opens in a new windowFacebook page.

Email: bcrcmp@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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