Abbotsford police officer killed identified as John Davidson, a 24-year veteran

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The Abbotsford police officer who was killed in the line of duty on Monday has been identified by the department.

Const. John Davidson, 53, was a police officer for 24 years.

Abbotsford police say he began his law enforcement career in the United Kingdom working for the Northumbria Police from 1993 to 2005.

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On March 3, 2006, he was hired by the Abbotsford Police Department after moving his family to B.C.

“All of them came out here to a place they knew nothing about, he wanted an outdoors life, he wanted to try something new, one of his kids said, ‘I think it was kind of a little early mid-life crisis’ but they all came and the family established themselves here and we were thrilled to have John Davidson join the Abbotsford Police Department,” said Chief Bob Rich.

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Davidson worked in the department’s Patrol, Youth Squad and Traffic Sections.

“John became very concerned about the number of car crashes when he was in our community policing office, that was affecting young lives,” said Rich. “He did this school crash prevention program where he brought in a young girl who had lost her sister in a horrible car accident and they talked to all the kids in all the high schools about how they were going to handle their grad.”

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Recently Davidson completed the Tour de Valley Cops for Cancer ride.

“My last real opportunity to shake John’s hand happened on Sept. 29,” said Rich. Davidson had just completed the Tour de Valley ride.

“John for nine days rode all those kilometres, he was so ecstatic to be involved [with] these young, junior riders, who were struggling in their own story, dealing with cancer, with all the communities he rode through raising money for Cops for Cancer, for children’s cancer research.”

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Rich said at the end of the ride, he thanked Davidson for his time and his dedication.

“He was thankful for the opportunity and it sort of really brings home who I want you to understand John Davidson to be,” added Rich.

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Davidson was also celebrated for his work in reducing the number of impaired drivers on the road.

He was part of “Alexa’s Team,” a program that recognizes dedicated police officers throughout B.C. who work to reduce the number of drivers on the road affected by alcohol or drugs.

The program is named for Alexa Middelaer, who was killed by a drunk driver in 2008 when she was four years old.

Twice, Davidson made the all-star Alexa Team where he took more than 25 people off the road each year in impaired investigations.