New RCMP sergeant happy to be back on the islands

  • Jul. 11, 2008 5:00 p.m.

The Masset RCMP detachment’s new sergeant, Grant MacDonald, introduced himself to Port Clements council Monday night (July 7), saying he is happy to be back working in the community where he grew up. Sgt. MacDonald told council members he has 18 years of policing experience, some of it in Arctic communities far more remote than the islands. He’s worked on an island off the coast of Baffin Island, in Pond Inlet and most recently, spent six years in Whitehorse. When he heard there was a position available in Masset, “I put my name in, because it’s my home town, I graduated from G.M. Dawson,” he said. “I am very excited to be here.” Sgt. MacDonald said he is especially interested in youth issues and has volunteered as a coach and mentor with many sports teams. Mayor Cory Delves told the new sergeant that Port is a quiet and well-behaved community, for the most part, but that many residents are forest workers who are currently laid off. “Domestic issues could rear their heads as layoffs get lengthy,” he said, “and this is something the detachment should be aware of.” Mr. Delves also asked whether Port – which is located more than 40 km south of the detachment office – would be seeing more police presence in the community, as there has not been much lately. “I am certainly committed to have a presence in Port Clements,” Sgt. MacDonald replied, adding that he will definitely deliver the DARE drug awareness program at Port elementary if the school wants it.