New RCMP officer in charge appointed for N.W.T. south district

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A new officer in charge has been appointed to oversee RCMP's N.W.T. south district. Police say Inspector Barry LaRocque, an officer with 28 years of service, will take the role.

In an RCMP news release, LaRocque said he was committed to incorporating acts of reconciliation into the policing service and wants to promote community involvement to help build “healthier and safer communities for people to live in."

“I want to promote community policing as much as possible,” LaRocque is quoted as saying.

He joined the RCMP in 1992 in Saskatchewan. Most of his career has been spent in Alberta, working on drug enforcement, criminal intelligence and national security operations.

LaRocque has also worked as a crisis negotiator.

In June 2019 he transferred to Yellowknife to become the liaison between the N.W.T.'s Department of Justice and the RCMP.

RCMP divide the Northwest Territories into north and south districts alongside the Yellowknife detachment.

Sarah Sibley, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Cabin Radio