Ridge Meadows RCMPs top cop, officer in charge Supt. Dave Walsh, is taking on a new challenge within the force.
He has moved on to the role of the criminal operations program support officer at the RCMPs regional E Division headquarters.
Armed with 25 years of background in emergency response work, hell now be overseeing critical incident programs province-wide, including the police service dogs, bomb squad, tactical-public order teams, underwater recovery and dive teams, the part-time emergency response teams, and crisis negotiations.
It is with sadness that I leave my role as officer in charge of Ride Meadows detachment, but with great excitement that I look forward to this next new challenge, he told The TIMES.
When a really great opportunity comes up, then one has to make the tough decision whether it is time to move on to something new.
In his announcement, quietly made late last month, Walsh thanked everyone.
I cannot say enough about the great relationship and cooperation I have had both mayors and councils along with the staff of both cities of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, he reiterated.
And we have great citizens who always step up and do the right things. I can honestly look back at many of the successes we have had and say the majority of our successes are as the result of our citizens coming forward in helping us get the job done, Walsh said.
He said how much he enjoyed his time serving the communities of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, and noted he will remain a local resident.
I will continue to live locally and love the incredible recreation and lifestyle afforded by both communities, he said.
Walsh has been a Mountie since the early 1980s, first stepping onto local soil as a police officer in 1993. He worked general duty and street enforcement before being promoted to corporal of the drug section in 2003.
In 2006 he left Ridge Meadows RCMP and joined the provinces full-time emergency response team, then returned to Ridge in 2009 as superintendent.
I am so proud of the outstanding work and compassion of our regular members and staff along with the over 200 volunteers, who show up day and night, 24/7-365 to keep our communities safe. Many things happen while most good folks are fast asleep.
I have no regrets and really enjoyed all of my experiences while at Ridge-Meadows Its been a great experience and I look forward to my new role, Walsh said.
The search and process for my replacement is well underway and during that time, I will continue to support the detachment in any way needed to ensure a smooth transition, Walsh said to The TIMES.
In the meantime, Insp. Dave Fleugel stepped into the role of acting detachment commander earlier this spring, when Walsh was first seconded to a temporary post with E Division. Fleugel said he will continue in the role until Walshs post is filled and a new commander can be named.
Of course, Im interested in applying and continuing to serve these communities, said Fleugel of the permanent position of officer in charge.
@ Copyright 2013