Roddickton RCMP Detachment now fully staffed
© Photo courtesy of Stacey Doctor
After nearly two years, the Roddickton RCMP Detachment is fully staffed. In addition to Constable Chris Doctor, two new officers – Corporal Desmond Mollon and Constable Robert Paris – recently arrived to the area. Pictured from the left, are Constable Chris Doctor, Constable Robert Paris, Corporal Desmond Mollon and Detachment Services Assistant Della DeMoss.
As RCMP officers transitioned in and out of the Roddickton-Bide Arm area, it left an officer shortage for nearly two years.
For the last number of months the detachment was operating with just one officer, Constable Chris Doctor, with on call and backup support from the St. Anthony Detachment.
Area detachments, largely from the west coast, would also provide relief officers for short periods.
But now the Roddickton detachment is back in full force.
Along with Doctor, who has a year left before transferring out, two new officers have recently arrived.
Constable Robert Paris was the first to arrive. Paris has been an RCMP officer for approximately 16 years and moved from Pugwash, Nova Scotia, with his family.
Heading up the detachment is Corporal Desmond Mollon. He has been an RCMP officer for the past 11 years and transferred from Corner Brook with his family.
And it looks like the Roddickton-Bide Arm transition should be fairly easy for the Corporal.
Originally from Lark Harbour, Mollon says he’s, “a west coast boy from a fishing town. I’m use to a smaller community, that’s how I grew up, so it’s a fairly familiar setting for me.”
He’s looking forward to the new position, as both him and his family are outdoors people.
So if you know the prime hunting and fishing grounds, be sure to share them with the Corporal, as he enjoys big and small game hunting and his wife enjoys fishing.
“Even just getting out for a boil up is nice, and I hear the snowmobiling is second to none around here as well,” he said.
With the Department fully staffed again, Mollon said it wouldn’t really change the way things are done.
“Overall operations will stay the same,” he said. “We’ll still be working closely with St. Anthony. That partnership will continue.”
The big difference maker will be the presence.
“We have three active members in the communities, that’s two more bodies than we use to have. So that’s more members on shift, even on Fridays and Saturday nights, we’ll try to have two members working opposed to one that may have took place in months past.
“You’re going to see members outside of work getting more involved in the community, there’s more time now for the members to become active in the recreation aspect of things and different events in the communities.”
Welcoming the arrivals is Roddickton-Bide Arm Mayor Sheila Fitzgerald.
It’s an issue that has been pushed heavily by the last two councils.
“Our biggest fear was that after a while and the positions weren’t filled, with all the cutbacks taking place, that federal government would say well that detachment doesn’t really need to be staffed,” Fitzgerald said. “There was a lot of letter writing on our part for sure.”
She said a police presence keeps the peace and serves as a deterrent for crime.
“With only one officer working the area, there’s just no way he could continue to carry the entire load by himself, so we really glad to have these two new officers,” she said. “We are looking forward, as a town, to continuing our relationship with the RCMP.”