Top cop to focus on traffic issues

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January 19, 2017 12:00 AM

Insp. Neill Pearson

There’s a new inspector in town, though he’s not brand new to the Border City.
Insp. Neill Pearson, who’s originally from the Lake District of Northwest England, spent some time as a constable in Lloydminster in ‘95 and ‘96, and now he’s back, albeit in a much larger role with the local RCMP.
Pearson took the reins on Dec. 12, after former Insp. Suki Manj left for Surrey, B.C. last summer, and plans to keep up with many of his predecessor’s priorities, adding a stronger focus on traffic around Lloydminster. 
“I think the priorities here are to keep on with the offender management program, keep on with our CompStat (computer statistics) and using our crime reduction unit and GIS units to monitor our prolific offenders—I’m also going to be introducing a more active traffic component into the city, which I think is needed,” Pearson told the Source.
“So that’ll be one of my goals here shortly, and other than that, using our intelligence person here, a criminal analyst, which is really important, and utilizing him to his full potential to be strategic in our targeting of crimes.”
There’s also ongoing attention to fentanyl, the powerful opiate that’s been causing trouble countrywide in terms of overdose deaths, and though Pearson said the situation has recently gotten better in Lloydminster, the RCMP will continue to clamp down on the drug.
He added the courts show little leniency on fentanyl traffickers, offering stiffer terms for sentencing, and his narcotics team always has the drug top of mind.
The new inspector also brings no shortage of experience to his new post, having been on the force for roughly 27 years, doing police work in cities and towns crisscrossing both of Lloydminster’s home provinces.
Pearson was posted in Balcarres, Sask., for a time and did a two year stint with the Edmonton City Police, before remounting and heading to fight crime on the streets of Fort McMurray, Alta., for five more years.
After Fort Mac he headed to Thorsby, Alta., where he spent four years as a detachment commander, then did four more years after that in Leduc, A.B., to which he laughed and acknowledged the timeline trend.
“I was sergeant in Swan Hills for a couple years, then went to Iqaluit, Nunavut, in the Arctic, as a district commander for two years,” said Pearson.
“Then I came back, I was in Wetaskiwin, Alta, for more than a year as an operations NCO, went over to Central Alberta district around Leduc, was acting officer in charge of Stoney Plain for a year; I got my commission to St. Paul in the Eastern Alberta district, then I knew this place (Lloydminster) was vacant, and I really like detachment policing, I really enjoy it, so I asked to come here and I was successful, now here I am.”
He said there are different areas of the job an inspector can work in, some on the administrative or with headquarters functions, but it’s the detachment policing he finds most engaging.
An inspector gets to deal more with officers at a detachment capacity, there’s more community involvement, and more side-by-side work with municipal employees and the mayor, which Pearson said ensures his days are never boring. 
“I’m just really happy to be here, it’s nice to come back, a different role of course, but it’s a good detachment, good community, and good employees here.”

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