Sturgeon Rural Crime Watch says farewell to Morinville’s top cop

Morinville RCMP Staff Sergeant Mac Richards distributes cake at a special farewell gathering put on by The Sturgeon Rural Crime Watch Sept. 20. Richard departs for his new post in Port Alberni, British Columbia Wednesday. – Morinville News Staff Photo

By Morinville News Staff

Morinville – Members of the Sturgeon Rural Crime Watch Association (SRCW) and other well-wishers gathered at the provincial building Thursday night to say farewell to Staff Sergeant Mac Richards who leaves for a post in British Columbia Sept. 26.

Sturgeon Rural Crime Watch President Roger Nykipilo expressed many kind words on behalf of the crime prevention organization about Richard’s work in Morinville.

“We are sad to lose a very good friend to Sturgeon Rural Crime Watch; however, we are also very happy about his promotion that allows him to be with his family in British Columbia,” Nykipilo said. “In spite of his heavy workload, Mac always made himself or a member of his team available to assist us in any way.”

Nykipilo went on to praise Richards and his officers for their work with youth in the community. Richards was presented with some photos of himself and the group as well as a certificate.

Richards said his time in Morinville made for an easy job because of the excellent people he worked with. “They are the ones that take most of the work I get too much credit for,” he said. “I have the easy job. I make promises. They have to fulfil them.”

The Staff Sergeant praised Sturgeon Rural Crime Watch for their efforts and the partnership with his detachment. “This has been a great relationship, and something that I know will continue,” he said.

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