It was a big year for the Lloydminster RCMP. With 2014 coming to a close, the inspector of the Lloydminster RCMP detachment looks back on a year that was about moving the RCMP into the future.
One of the biggest happenings at the detachment was moving into the new building, located along Highway 16.
Lloydinster RCMP Insp. Suki Manj said that it means a lot that the new facility was opened this year, and its creation will put the RCMP on better footing heading into the future.
“It will allow us to continue to grow, so when we have ideas and need space to do our work it’s there,” he said.
“If we do continue to grow as a city, in the population sense, then we do have places to bring in more officers and more support staff,” Manj said in a sit-down interview with the Lloydminster Source.
Along with the new building, Manj said that this past year saw the increase of two full-time RCMP employees.
“Those two new officers will be working in the general investigation section,” he said. “We have also created a crime intelligence analysis position, which we are going through the process of hiring those positions now.”
When asked what benefits those positions would bring to the Lloydminster RCMP detachment, Manj said it is a step in the inspector’s strategic plan that he brought in this year, when taking over the role of head of the Lloydminster RCMP.
“The two corporal positions will be leading the public defender target teams and the analysis will drive the work,” Manj said.
“That position will be providing us with hot spots, trends and live information about what is happening, as it happens.”
Manj said that the position will provide information directly to him to inform him about the hot spots in the city.
“This will allow us to concentrate our efforts, and direct resources to the areas that are being effected by criminals,” he said.
With 2015 around the corner, Manj said property crime will be a large focus for the hot spots in the city.
“When we see a spike in break and enters in certain areas, or even different MOs in areas, we will concentrate on those areas with all of our resources.”
While not officially on the job for a year, Manj said that in 2015 he hopes to build on the relationships that he has created in the community.
“We will see a lot of new programs in the RCMP, we are going to be working with prevention groups and providing a higher profile in the community,” he said.
“We will also be looking for more volunteers in the community.”
Manj said that 2015 will be about building from the ground up.
“It’s all about building relationships, it’s 100 per cent about that,” he said.
He added that it’s something that the general membership of the RCMP might not have a chance to get out and build that relationship with the community, but “In essences, we have had that communication over the year, and in 1990s and the mid 2000s that went through a rough patch,” he said.
“But this year we started building back those strong relationships and we that is what we are here to do.”
Manj said that his main job this year and next year will be about promoting the RCMP.
“What you will see in 2015, is a lot of communications between the RCMP and media outlets,” he said.
“Our relationship with the city will have a huge improvement communication wise.”
While 2014 is winding down, one of the big obstacles that the RCMP had to face this year was the move and how the pause button was hit on a lot of projects.
“The move has been challenging for the new ideas to take off,” he said. “I think the natural instinct was to wait for the move to happen.
“With that move a lot of change happened. And I think that a lot of people, because it is human nature, thinks that change isn’t always good.”
Manj looks back on 2014 by saying that the city of Lloydminster has been proactive and progressive in it’s thinking.
“For me, 2015 will be exciting. I think that there is so much to be done, and we will take it step by step so.
“I think the biggest obstacle is not slowing down on the progress that we have accomplished in 2014.”