New RCMP inspector named for Battlefords

A new inspector has been announced for Battlefords RCMP detachment.

Tom Beck is currently staff sergeant with the RCMP in the Victoria, B.C area. The news of Beck’s appointment to the Battlefords was shared by S/Sgt. Darcy Woolfitt at Monday’s North Battleford city council meeting.

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Mayor Ryan Bater noted Beck also has experience in regional hubs in rural British Columbia, including Prince George and elsewhere.

More recently Beck has been stationed with West Shore RCMP detachment. According to the RCMP website, that detachment serves Colwood, Highlands, Langford, Metchosin, View Royal, Songhees First Nation, and Esquimalt First Nation.

Woolfitt said the new inspector was identified through a selection and promotion process within the RCMP.

 “I think his experience will pay dividends for us as well,” said Woolfitt.

It is not yet known when Beck will arrive in the Battlefords, but Woolfitt said he hopes it will be before the summer hits.

Beck fills the role left vacant after Insp. John Sutherland transferred from Battlefords detachment to Saskatoon last year. Woolfitt has been acting as commanding officer for the Battlefords detachment in the meantime.

In other RCMP news, Woolfitt noted the detachment held their annual performance plan meeting earlier that day which included all the elected officials in the detachment, including North Battleford and surrounding communities and First Nations.

Highlighting that meeting, said Woolfitt, were some of the crime-reduction initiatives happening this year. Woolfitt said they intend to take the information from that meeting and put it into their performance plan, and a report will be presented to the city for further review.

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