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Kamloops RCMP's new inspector arrives

Jennie Latham is the new inspector at the RCMP’s Kamloops detachment, succeeding Yves Lacasse, who stepped into the superintendent’s office vacated by Jim Begley. Latham, who arrives in the Tournament Capital from Sherwood Park, Alta., will  be responsible for the Kamloops RCMP’s  operational side.  - JEREMY DEUTSCH PHOTO/KTW
Jennie Latham is the new inspector at the RCMP’s Kamloops detachment, succeeding Yves Lacasse, who stepped into the superintendent’s office vacated by Jim Begley. Latham, who arrives in the Tournament Capital from Sherwood Park, Alta., will be responsible for the Kamloops RCMP’s operational side. 
— image credit: JEREMY DEUTSCH PHOTO/KTW

There’s a new inspector in town.

RCMP Insp. Jennie Latham assumed her role as the Kamloops detachment’s second-in-command this week.

She had previously been at the Sherwood Park RCMP detachment just outside of Edmonton.

Speaking to reporters on Monday morning (July 4) — her first day on the job — Latham said she is not sure what to expect.

“As far as the detachment goes, I don’t know yet,” Latham said, pinpointing the Kamloops RCMP’s prolific-offender program as a definite drawing factor.

“It’s world-renowned.

We actually brought them in to Edmonton to guide us.

“I think Kamloops is the model.

“It’s going to be just maintaining it.”

The inspector job opened up on Battle Street when Yves Lacasse relinquished the role to accept the position of superintendent — effectively becoming the city’s chief of police.

Latham, who was promoted to the rank of inspector four years ago, has an extensive policing background, with 23 years in the RCMP.

Originally from Ontario, she worked 18 years in B.C. earlier in her career, spending 12 years in the Lower Mainland and six years on Vancouver Island.

Latham said she’s happy to be in the Tournament Capital.

“The location — eight months of winter versus eight months of summer,” she said.

“I’m very happy to be in this area of the country.”

Latham was given the Kamloops job in December.

She had to remain in Sherwood Park, however, to sell her house.

Latham’s role in Kamloops will be managing the detachment’s operational side.

But, for the first few weeks, she will try to become more familiar with the city and the detachment.

“I’ll just be observing for a while,” she said.

“Soaking everything in and moving forward.”

 

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