Community leaders to help choose new RCMP sergeant

  • May. 11, 2012 10:00 a.m.

by Karyn Prest-Queen Charlotte council members will meet with the Skidegate Band Council and representatives from Sandspit on Friday to discuss candidates for the sergeant position at the Queen Charlotte RCMP detachment.Queen Charlotte mayor Carol Kulesha said this is the first time the communities have been involved in the selection process, and it’s thanks to the new contract between the RCMP and the province. Ms Kulesha said when she read the contract and saw the opportunity for more involvement, she jumped at the chance, saying it’s important to find someone who is a good fit for the community.At the Queen Charlotte council meeting Monday (May 7), Sgt. Rob Knapton told council that Const. Kenny Hew, who departs at the end of May for the tech crimes unit, and will be replaced by a Const. Rasmussen from Vernon. Sgt. Knapton said Const. Rasmussen is coming with three children, one of school age, and council members were quite excited to hear that. Const. Ryan Wiedenman is also departing but his position of First Nations Policing Investigator will remain open for now. “Once my position is filled, we’ll go back and see about filling Wiedenman’s position,” Sgt. Knapton said. Sgt. Knapton said the detachment received eight drug complaints between Jan. 1 and March 30, seven of them from Queen Charlotte. Sgt. Knapton said this doesn’t necessarily mean there were more drugs in Charlotte than other communities, but that more people were starting to call about it, and he’s glad to see this trend.Sgt. Knapton and family will be leaving Haida Gwaii for a new posting in Whistler on July 5, but he said they have enjoyed their time here.

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