Bittersweet goodbye for Cold Lake staff sergeant

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Former detachment commander for the Cold Lake RCMP S/Sgt. Jeremie Landry described his departure from the city as “bittersweet” after he was promoted to acting district operations officer for Eastern Alberta District stationed in St. Paul.

“It’s very bittersweet, in the sense that I’m sad to be leaving the community of Cold Lake with the great people that live in the Cold Lake areas, as well as the people I got to work with. I’m also optimistic and looking forward to the experiences that I will gain in my new position, and the different types of challenges that I will see that will advance in my career, and different exposure I wouldn’t get working at the local level,” he expressed.

Landry’s transfer has been in the works for a few months, and is an opportunity for him to work with detachments across the region.

“Rather than being in charge of one detachment, I’ll be providing operational support for all 27 detachments in our district from a district perspective,” he said. “It’s really a great opportunity for career development, new experiences, and working from a district perspective rather than a local perspective.”

In his 14 years of service, Landry has had seven postings throughout Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories, and Alberta.

“I can honestly say that Cold Lake has been my favourite for a number of reasons. Number one is the community itself; the residents of Cold Lake I found very friendly and a great community to police. Secondly, the staff that I worked with at Cold Lake was unparalleled to any other place I’ve worked in as far as excellent all-around staff  that I was so fortunate to work with,” noted Landry.

Landry also made special mention of the support the RCMP detachment receives from municipal councils in the area, something he said makes a huge impact on policing.

He said, “They’re very supportive of police operations, and were very supportive of me. It’s something I really appreciate, because it takes that support to make a difference in the community. Having that support behind the detachment was very appreciated by me, and the rest of the detachment.”

Landry always had an interest in become a member, after watching his dad serve so many years with the RCMP.

“The reason I joined was I love being able to make a difference in the community that I live in, and I felt that I was drawn to the RCMP for my love of the RCMP and policing. It’s provided me with the opportunity to give back to the community, and make a difference in anyway that I could,” Landry detailed.

Filling Landry’s position will be a familiar face, S/Sgt. Scott Buchanan, who Landry replaced when he started in Cold Lake three years ago. He’s not in the area yet, but is expected to begin towards the end of the month.

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