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NEW POSTING – RCMP Cpl. Tim Harper, the new commander for the Carmacks detachment, has also worked out of Watson Lake and Kugluktuk, Nunavut. Photo courtesy RCMP

New commander boasts northern experience

The RCMP have selected Cpl. Tim Harper as the new commander for the Carmacks detachment.

By Whitehorse Star on April 10, 2018

The RCMP have selected Cpl. Tim Harper as the new commander for the Carmacks detachment.

He replaces Cpl. Jason Stewart, who transferred to Watson Lake in June 2017.

Harper began his career in law enforcement in 2003 with the Calgary Police Service.

He later transferred to the RCMP, where he was posted to Invermere, B.C., Kugluktuk, Nunavut and Watson Lake.

Harper and his wife, Alison, are active in community programs and enjoy mountain biking, camping, fishing, hiking and skiing.

While posted in Nunavut, the Harpers started the Polar Bike Project. That venture co-ordinates delivering donated bicycles to children and families in northern communities.

They have travelled to communities through a partnership with northern airlines and the Canadian Coast Guard, and more than 200 bicycles have been donated so far.

In addition to co-ordinating the delivery of the bicycles, the Harpers also planned weekly bike rides with the kids.

“Throughout my career, I’ve seen firsthand the positive impact that engaging youth in healthy lifestyle programming can have on a community,” Harper said Monday.

“The members of Carmacks detachment and I are excited to deliver some of these programs in our community, and look forward to maintaining strong relationships between police and community partners in Little Salmon-Carmacks First Nation and the Village of Carmacks,” Harper added.

“Cpl. Harper brings a strong investigational background, as well as enthusiasm to work with youth, elders, and community partners,” said Brad Kaeding, the acting district policing officer.

“His previous experience working in the North will be of great benefit to Carmacks.

“We thank the members of Carmacks detachment and the Yukon RCMP Relief Unit for maintaining a consistent service to the community while the promotion process was taking place.”

The selection process included input from local partners, including Mayor Lee Bodie and Chief Russell Blackjack of the Little Salmon-Carmacks First Nation.

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