The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is grappling with the loss of one of their own. Corporal Amy Lahoda tragically passed away by suicide on December 9, 2023. Her death has left her family, friends, and colleagues devastated.
Amy Lahoda’s death
The news about Amy Lahoda’s death came as a shock to many. The dedicated officer had reached out to several people earlier in the day, sharing her distress. This sudden loss has left the RCMP and the community she served in mourning.
There is no easy way of sharing this tragic news with you all other than to be straight forward. This evening Corporal Amy Lahoda died by suicide. Earlier in the day, Amy had reached out to a number of people, sharing her distress. Despite the best efforts of members responding to the call, and hours of trying to help Amy navigate her intentions, the members were unsuccessful. Amy passed late this afternoon while members were trying to assist. This is a devastating loss, and my heart hurts for Amy, her loved ones and all of you who have been affected by today’s events.CurtisCurtis Zablocki, M.O.M.Deputy CommissionerCommanding Officer K Division
We will be supporting Amy’s family, loved ones and colleagues in the hours and days ahead. Those colleagues who have been closely involved in today’s events are being supported and cared for now.
Amy joined the RCMP in 2009 and was posted to Richmond Detachment in E Division after graduating from Depot. She then was posted to Wood Buffalo, Cochrane and Airdrie detachments before transferring to G Division in 2022. Amy recently returned to K Division joining Two Hills Detachment.
This is an immensely difficult and tragic situation. I cannot stress enough that there are resources to help you, should you need it. Go to ‘Need Help Now’ on your work devices. If that is not available to you, please contact Employee Assistance Services at 1-800-268-7708, Crisis Services Canada at 1-833-456-4566 (suicide prevention), or call/ text 988 for suicide and mental heath support. There is help available at all times, no matter the time of day.
Please take care of yourselves and support each other. When there is more information to share, I will be sure to update you all.
A Life Dedicated to Service
Amy Lahoda was an exemplary officer, known for her tremendous loyalty and devotion to her job. Her strong sense of responsibility and her desire to improve her neighborhood drove her to pursue a career in law enforcement. She graduated from the police academy with top honors, reflecting her commitment to excellence.
Building Trust in the Community
Lahoda was not just a police officer; she was a community builder. She formed real relationships with the people she protected, going above and beyond her duties. She attended community events, engaged with citizens, and built relationships with local businesses. This hands-on approach allowed her to gain a deeper understanding of the residents’ specific needs and concerns.
A Lifelong Learner
Committed to lifelong learning, Lahoda was always keen on keeping up with the latest trends in community policing, criminal justice, and law enforcement. She actively sought out training opportunities in these areas, which not only furthered her career but also benefited the entire police department.
A Force to Be Reckoned With
Amy Lahoda was a force to be reckoned with, loved by all who crossed paths with her. Her dedication to service, her commitment to the community, and her spirit of lifelong learning will be missed deeply.
Our thoughts are with Corporal Amy Lahoda’s family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time.