September 17th, 2014 ~ Vol. 84 No. 36
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Detachment commander will stay until replacement found
Crowsnest Pass Herald Front Page
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EZRA BLACK
Pass Herald Reporter
Crowsnest Pass RCMP detachment commander Kevin McKenna might not be in the Pass for much longer, but he will not be leaving until his superiors find a suitable replacement.
“My bosses are telling me I’m not staying,” McKenna told council at a governance and priorities meeting on Sept. 9. “I will be going to Taber.”
McKenna explained he has been serving as both sergeant and corporal but both positions have gone to promotion. The promotional process can take from six to eight months plus additional time for the individual to move to the community.
“You will have a supervisor here and then whoever gets here first the sergeant or the corporal, then I’ll be leaving,” said McKenna. “If they’re close they’ll come right away, if they need to sell their house we’ll have to wait for them to sell their house.”
Victim Services
“There’s a rumour out there that we have no victims’ services in the Crowsnest Pass,” said McKenna. “That’s not true.”
The Ranchland Victim Services Society, which serves Pincher Creek, Claresholm, Fort Macleod and the Piikani Nation, is temporarily offering victims services in the Pass, he said.
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“We’ve never had a time when they refused to come or weren’t available,” said McKenna. “They’re here on a regular basis.”
The next detachment commander will be responsible for reopening the Pass’ Victim Services unit, said McKenna who explained that the unit was closed after “some administrative problems,” where the Solicitor General got involved and there were additional training issues.
Councillor Bill Kovach said citizens would prefer local Victim Services personnel.
“When [we’ve] had incidents in the past, [where victims] felt better talking to somebody they know,” said Kovach.
McKenna said the Ranchland Victim Services Society is looking for advocates in the Crowsnest Pass.
According the Crowsnest Pass Victim Services Unit, extensive training, including domestic violence, sexual assault, suicide intervention, advocate safety and the judicial system, is available to all volunteers.
Volunteers interested in becoming front line advocates providing support, information and referrals to victims of crime and tragedy, should contact Christine at:
Ranchlandvictimservices@gmail.com or call Crowsnest Pass 403-562-7098.
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