Sergeant Groves says goodbye to community of Rimbey, moving on to Rocky Mountain House RCMP detachment

This week, Rimbey RCMP Detachment members responded to over 75 calls for service.

  • Jul. 9, 2015 6:00 p.m.

This week, Rimbey RCMP Detachment members responded to over 75 calls for service. Highlights include theft, break and enters, stolen vehicles, fraud, domestic disputes, drugs and other serious matters.

Police target chronic offenders

Police made numerous arrests in regards to many recent crimes, as well as several cold cases we have been diligently investigating. In most cases, the accused men and women who were charged criminally were very well known to police and were on some sort of court imposed conditions while on parole or probation. Your local detachment members have been working hand in hand with the Crown Prosecutor’s office to ensure the offenders receive the appropriate sentences for their crimes and don’t get off “scot free”. Police will continue to target chronic habitual offenders to ensure they are staying out of trouble.

Last police report

Unfortunately, this will be my last police report. I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing with you some of the “good, the bad and the ugly” that we see each week here at the detachment. Of course, you must all know I cannot write half of the stories I would really like to tell so you will just have to wait until I retire and we share a story around a campfire someday. We have seen some amazing breakthroughs where folks walking the wrong path have seen the light and took drastic measures to change their lives around for the better.

Sgt. Groves says thanks

I am thankful for having worked with such great people at the detachment and our partner agencies. As the writer for the weekly police report, I was very sorry to see Cst. Luke Halvorson transfer to Major Crimes. When Luke left, I lost my best resource for funny things to write about! I grew up in rural Alberta. I was helping brand calves and mend fences from the time I was knee high to a grasshopper (my Grandpa’s description). However, Luke was a city boy. His first call to livestock on the road was priceless. He could be heard on the radio in a nervous voice saying, “I’m surrounded on the roadway by baby cows and they’re coming right for me”.

As I hand the reins over and move on to my new post at Rocky Mountain House Detachment, I can truly say that I will treasure my time in Rimbey. Folks here are honest, caring and most of all — real. In times of sorrow, when we lost a fellow member and our flag hung at half-mast, someone always came by to say they were sorry. When we walked through the grand stands at the Rodeo Grounds either at Gimlet or Rimbey — someone was always there to shake our hand and say hello. When we were patrolling the roads less traveled and stopped to say hi to a farmer mending a gate, they often said, “come in for a coffee”. This is a wonderful community. Sure we have crime. No place doesn’t. What we do have are caring people who look out for their neighbours, such as the volunteers with Gull Lake North Citizens on Patrol and Rimbey and District Rural Crime Watch.

So, in closing I would like to thank you all for your kindness and support to my family and myself.

Const. Dutz to write police report

Const. Carman Dutz will continue to write the Police Report to keep you all apprised until the new detachment commander arrives.

God Bless.