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Victoria Author Charles Scheideman Explores the Adventures of Small-Town Policing


Friday, November 27, 2009

Meet author Charles Scheideman while he signs copies of his book Policing the Fringe: The Curious Life of a Small-Town Mountie ($24.95, Harbour Publishing) in Victoria at Save-On-Foods (3510 Blanshard Street) on Sunday, December 13th and Sunday, December 20th from 12 noon to 4:00 pm.

From 1961 to 1989, RCMP Sergeant Charlie Scheideman patrolled the much of the Interior of British Columbia. Included in this new book are tales of a car chase on Kicking Horse Pass, a climbing accident on Admant Glacier, a landslide in Lillooet, an axe murder in Nelson, a bank heist in Fernie, an explosion at the Williams Lake Stampede, Cowboy Marijuana traffickers in Golden, searching the Quesnel River for lost paddlers, pot growers in Lytton, highway robbers in Hixon, and the antics at the RCMP detachment in Prince George.

RCMP Sergeant Charlie Scheideman spent much of his time patrolling the “dark corners of the Interior of British Columbia”. With this new book, Scheideman recounts events that range from the ridiculous to the horrific to the tragic. Once he stopped a car in the Fraser Canyon driven by three normally responsible American fishermen, who on this occasion were careening wildly from one guardrail to another. Their defence? They had failed to allow for the added kick of Canadian beer. His most searing memory was of waiting for the embers of a burned house to cool enough so he could retrieve the bodies of two small victims while in a nearby house, party-goers kept right on partying.

One of the most revealing accounts ever written about policing in small-town Canada, this book bristles with unforgettable stories about the author’s 27 years working on the RCMP’s front lines. It will give readers new respect for the men and women who patrol Canada’s backroads—both because of the extremely taxing work they do and the good spirit with which they do it.

Charles Scheideman grew up on a farm near Stony Plain, Alberta and joined the RCMP when he was 21, serving in seven different communities in rural British Columbia. After leaving the force in 1989, he worked for the British Columbia government in Victoria, BC, where he still lives with his wife, Patricia. This is his first book.