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New RCMP sergeant arrives

Sgt. Philippe Cyr has arrived to take command of the RCMP Detachment in Hay River. And he brings along a lot of experience as a Mountie in various aspects of policing. “I have isolation experience, I got detachment experience, I got major crime experience, I got federal experience,” he said, noting that he even worked […]

Back in a uniform

A new uniform is being broken in at the Hay River RCMP detachment. Jordan Groenewegen is completing his first week of duty at the detachment after six months of training at the RCMP Depot in Regina. His position of community constable means that, while he is a functioning member of the RCMP, his focus leans […]

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Facing off for a good cause

Teams from the initiation, novice and atom levels of Hay River’s Minor Hockey Association took to the ice against a team made up of RCMP members, firefighters and correctional staff last week to kick off the start of the police detachment’s annual toy drive. “It’s a great game,” said Special Const. Steve Beck, noting that […]

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Spook-o-rama still strong

This year’s Spook-o-rama Halloween dance drew a crowd and dispensed thousands of dollars worth of prizes donated by local businesses. “I think it used to be a bit of an insurance policy for businesses to keep kids off the streets,” said Steve Beck, a community constable. “But now I think the businesses are really just […]

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RCMP look to fill jobs

The RCMP needs to fill close to 1,000 positions a year for the foreseeable future and detachments based in the NWT are looking in their own backyards. Cpl. Wendy Picknell was in Hay River last week for a recruitment presentation at the new fire hall. Although only three people attended, she said she was pleased […]

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Calm before the storm

Normally, the August long-weekend is a busy one for the RCMP in Hay River – one of the busiest of the year, in fact. But last Friday night was a quiet one. Nonetheless, Cpl. Greg Morrow, the interim detachment commander, made sure to put extra bodies on the shift – not an easy task in […]

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Cops and youth

Groups from Summer Heat, a town-run day camp for children, got a chance to tour the local police detachment last week, learning about what cops do in town. “You can come to the police station when there’s an emergency, if you have any questions, or if you want to report a crime,” said Special Const. […]

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‘Decisive leader’ mourned

Former RCMP officer, blue-beret, and father Jack Kruger died suddenly and unexpectedly Thursday June 19 at a hospital in Edmonton at the age of 68. Retired Staff Sergeant Raymond John (Jack) Kruger was most recently the search and rescue co-ordinator and training officer for the RCMP’s G Division in the Northwest Territories, but before that […]

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Trapping camp hits stride

Getting kids and police officers out of their habitual roles and creating new relationships is the name of the game at the RCMP’s trapping camp outreach program. “It’s been great to see all the officers out here interacting with the kids,” said Community Const. Steve Beck at the camp March 20. “It pays off tenfold. […]

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Cops train for winter

With law enforcement teams coming in from all over North America, including the FBI and ERT (Emergency Response Team, essentially Canada’s answer to SWAT), it’s easy to wonder what the winter preparedness camp on the shores of Great Slave Lake has to offer. “It’s very ordinary, but that’s the thing that will get you killed […]

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