Chief Constable Commendation

Constable Mike Thiessen #303

Is officially commended for demonstrating the highest standards of police conduct in a single incident where there was a high risk of danger. 

On the morning of September 28th, 2023, the West Vancouver Police received multiple calls from people advising that their friend and co-worker had the intention to imminently take their own life near the Trans Canada Highway over Westport Road.  While police were enroute, Sandra Smith noticed the individual in distress and stopped her vehicle to try to help.  She tried to talk to the person, who was sitting on the railing of the overpass with both their legs over the edge of the guard rail.  Constable Thiessen was the first officer to attend and recognized immediately that the person was in danger of jumping from the bridge.  Cst. Thiessen put his own life at risk by running across active highway lanes to get to the person more quickly.  On making initial contact with the person, Cst. Thiessen began to build rapport while police resources around them made the environment as safe as possible. Cst. Thiessen began to use his crisis intervention and de-escalation training and skills to engage with the person to negotiate their safe extraction from the edge of the bridge.  When it became clear that the person was disconnecting from the conversation and shifting their body to jump from the bridge, Cst. Thiessen moved decisively to take physical control of the person and pull them to safety.  Cst. Thiessen’s actions that morning not only saved the person’s life in the moment, but he also ensured that the individual received much needed professional care and support afterwards. 

Since the incident, the family, including the person whom Sandra Smith and Cst. Thiessen saved, have reached out to the West Vancouver Police with gratitude.

“On September 28th 2023, Cst. Mike Thiessen saved my life… I drove to Westport overpass and planned to jump. Cst. Thiessen talked with me for what seemed like an hour. I lowered my feet to the bottom ledge and went to let go and Cst. Thiessen lunged and pulled me back over the ledge. I would like him to be formally recognized for saving my life along with the bystander Sandra… who stopped to help before your team could get there. It is because of both of them that my son still has his Dad.”

For his compassion, dedication, and determination in preventing a person from harming themself, Constable Mike Thiessen is hereby awarded this Chief Constable’s Commendation.


Chief Constable John Lo

West Vancouver Police Department

Signed this 30th day of November 2023

West Vancouver, British Columbia

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *




Find out out to become a WVPD Police Member, join our Civilian Staff or Volunteer.


· Valid Canadian Driver’s Licence
· Valid BC Identification Card (with photo)
· Valid BC Services Card
· Valid Passport – Canadian or Foreign
· Valid Canadian Permanent Residency Card
· Current Canadian Student ID Card (for youth applicants ages 12-17) *secondary Gov’t issued ID required
· Canadian Birth Certificate
· Valid Canadian Citizenship Card
· Valid Canadian Certificate of Native Status Card
· Valid Nexus Card
· Employee Identification Card issued by the Federal, Provincial or Territorial Government (with photo)
· Old Age Security Identification Card
· Valid Firearms Licence
· Municipal or RCMP Police Identification (with photo only)