Penticton has announced its new top cop to replace outgoing superintendent Ted De Jager.
Inspector Brian Hunter, most recently the officer in charge of the Port Alberni RCMP, will be taking on the role of detachment commander for the Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen Regional RCMP.
“Inspector Hunter is a seasoned leader,” RCMP Southeast District chief superintendent Brad Haugli said.
“He has a vast experience in policing throughout this diverse province, and certainly understands the challenges and opportunities within the region. I am confident he is the right fit and will continue to focus on the initiatives that are important for our communities.”
Hunter’s 25-year career has featured appointments to multiple locations around B.C., including Shawnigan Lake, Telegraph Creek, Dease Lake, Salmon Arm and Williams Lake. His appointment to Penticton was announced by the RCMP national headquarters.
“Council is pleased a final decision has been made to fill this critical policing role,” Penticton mayor John Vassilaki said.
“We are confident that inspector Hunter’s experience will make him an approachable community leader who will listen to the concerns of our residents on matters concerning homelessness, drug use, mental illness and property crime, while his knowledge of community policing will ensure the laws of Canada are upheld.”
Karla Kozakevich, who is board chair of the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen, said she looks forward to working with the new arrival.
“Crime prevention is a foundation of our quality of life, and in the rural communities we need a commanding officer who understands what our citizens expect and is committed to engaging with us to discuss how we’re going to protect the rural lifestyle,” she said.
Hunter and his wife, Julie, are looking forward to a new life in Penticton, describing it as “an extremely vibrant” area to live and work.
“I am looking forward to connecting with our Penticton South Okanagan Similkameen RCMP team and community partners to continue a collaborative approach in reducing crime,” Hunter said.
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