Slave Lake RCMP CO on the move, but not immediately

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

As previously reported, Slave Lake is losing its RCMP detachment commander. Along with him goes another officer, Const. Sarah Spaans.

As it happens, Const. Spaans was the one who was transferred.

“Sarah was promoted to Hobbema/Maskwacis,” Staff Sgt. John Spaans told The Leader last week. “I got a position at the Central Alberta District headquarters (in Leduc) as administrator and NCO.”

As to when the family might actually be moving, that – as usual – depends on how long it takes their house in Slave Lake to sell.

“It could be weeks or it could be nine months,” Spaans says. “Things were moving – now they’re not. So we’re in a holding pattern.”

The process of finding a replacement for Spaans as Slave Lake detachment commander will likely take several months. It begins with an application period.

Once candidates are identified, the Town of Slave Lake is invited to participate in the interview process. Then of course the same house-selling factor could come into play on the other end.

In the meantime there’s plenty of police work to be done. Asked about that, Spaans said police scored a win recently by putting “a couple of prolific offenders back in jail.”

He provided details about one of the cases. A patrol came across a suspicious vehicle parked near the Canadian Tire in Slave Lake. This was on a Saturday night, Aug. 8.

“It looked odd,” Spaans said, so the officer made inquiries. The driver of the vehicle provided a fake name and red flags went up.

“He was wanted on warrants across Alberta,” including for escaping custody in Blackfalds and thefts from industrial properties.

Spaans is quite sure the arrest “prevented several businesses from getting hit,” in Slave Lake that night.

The other frequent offender that was re-arrested drew attention to himself by tampering with his ankle monitor, Spaans says. That earned him a visit from police, who reported that “it looked like he was shooting off a gun in his house.”

Staff Sgt. John Spaans

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