by Lucie Roy
Morinville’s new RCMP Staff Sergeant is Riz Suleman, here on an interim assignment as Detachment Commander. The veteran police member started the job Monday.
Both of Morinville’s two senior NCOs – Staff Sergeant Tom Love and Sergeant Mark Mathias – have been transferred to K-Division Headquarters in Edmonton, although Mathias is returning to Morinville every couple of weeks.
Suleman, a 19-year member of the RCMP is on temporary assignment until the RCMP assigns a permanent replacement. Suleman said he would like to be here a number of years. “Hopefully by late spring or early summer it will become permanent,” he said of his new posting. In the meantime
The interim Detachment Commander is familiar with Morinville, having grown up in Edmonton. He joined the RCMP after graduating from the University of Alberta.
Boyle was his first posting in 1995, time when he often came to Morinville. “We belonged to subdivisions. Boyle detachment belonged to Morinville subdivision, so we used to come to Morinville for meetings sometimes and courses.”
With only three days on the job, Suleman said he is getting familiar with the large area covered by the Detachment. He is planning to take a tour of the Detachment area to see where the boundaries are.
Suleman has a staff of 25 regular RCMP members at the Morinville Detachment, including himself and seven support staff. The Detachment covers most of Sturgeon County, including Alexander First Nation, Bon Accord, Gibbons, and Legal.