Dryden's new OPP Detachment Leader says it's all about community

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DRYDEN -- Dryden’s OPP detachment says his heart is in the Northwest.

“I’m very excited to be a member of the Dryden Detachment team,” said Insp. Adam Illman.

He said he’s currently introducing himself to different agencies and organizations in the area. “[I’m] looking forward to getting engaged with the community,” he said.

“To be honest, I actually was one of those people who wanted to be a police officer all my life,” he said, noting he grew up in a farming community in southern Ontario before starting the bulk of his policing career in the Northwest. “I started 25 years ago, posted to [the] Grassy Narrows detachment,” Illman said.

His career has taken him around the Northwest including Wabasemoong, Sioux Lookout, Lac Seul, Kenora, Pikangikum, and most recently Couchiching, when he was seconded to the Treaty 3 Police acting as inspector for the south detachment for the service.

"I've worked everywhere [in the Northwest] but here," Illman said with a chuckle.

Illman was awarded a medal of bravery from the Governor General in 2007 for being one of the officers who rescued a man trapped in a burning car near Sioux Lookout in 2006.

He said he hopes to make Dryden home, adding that his spouse is from the Northwest and his kids are from here.

Illman replaces Ed Chwastyk who was acting Inspector and the last serving police chief of the Dryden Police Service. The OPP took over policing in Dryden in late February this year. The OPP detachment covers Dryden, Ignace, Machin, Vermilion Bay, and New Saugeen. Illman said there are 68 officers and staff at the detachment.

Eric Shih, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Thunder Bay Source