Masset RCMP sergeant promoted to Smithers

Haida Gwaii’s northern RCMP detachment will soon have a new commanding officer.

Haida Gwaii’s northern RCMP detachment will soon have a new commanding officer.

Sergeant Stephan Drouin told Masset councillors last week that by late November he will be promoted to a posting in Smithers, where he will advise the seven RCMP detachments between Terrace and Burns Lake.

“I really couldn’t say no,” said Sgt. Drouin.

“It’s a shame that we’re leaving this early, but I truly have enjoyed working here and living here, and so did my family.”

Until a new sergeant is chosen, Corporal Peter Dionne will serve as acting detachment commander, while recent recruit and Senior Constable Josh Smith will step up to acting corporal.

“On behalf of council we wish you the best, and appreciate the work you’ve done,” said Masset Mayor Andrew Merilees.

Sgt. Drouin mentioned his upcoming departure shortly after delivering the latest report on north-end crime, which shows a 22 per cent drop in all Criminal Code offences compared with last year, when crime also fell from the previous year.

“The numbers prove you did a good job, obviously,” said Councillor Tony Tyler.

“Too good of a job they promoted you!”