Williams Lake Staff Sgt. Steve McLeod is moving on.
McLeod, the detachment’s support NCO, is leaving the community to take a position as regional duty NCO with the Upper Fraser Valley Regional Detachment in Chilliwack.
McLeod joined the RCMP in 2000; Williams Lake was his first posting.
Four years later he was transferred to the Lower Mainland, but when given the opportunity to return he took it.
RCMP Staff Sgt. Warren Brown says McLeod filled some key roles at the detachment including office manager with the oversight of civilian staff, responsibility for community policing, oversight of the First Nations policing and development of a gang/school liaison position.
He was also the detachment’s media relations officer.
McLeod says the highlights of his time in Williams Lake include last year’s fire season and working with various agencies and volunteers to keep the community safe, working with fellow RCMP members at the detachment who McLeod calls “some of the most dedicated, committed and engaged members I have had the opportunity to work with,” and working with community agencies and volunteers who make the community safer.
“I have enjoyed being back in the Cariboo for the last two years and it is going to be hard to leave,” McLeod says.
In Chilliwack, McLeod expects to provide supervision and assistance in major events for four detachments — Chilliwack, Hope, Agassiz, and the area near Boston Bar.
“That’s a significant void we now have in the office,” says Brown of McLeod’s departure.