CLARENVILLE, NL— Clarenville’s RCMP detachment has a new staff sergeant.
Originally from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Staff Sgt. Larry Turner has spent most of his policing career here in the province.
Over the past 20 years he has worked with detachments in St. Anthony, Twillingate, Carmenville, Gander, Glovertown, Lewsiporte and, most recently, Marystown, where he was sergeant of operations.
Turner has worked shifts at the Clarenville detachment in the past, so was familiar with both the area and the detachment when he stepped into his new positon on Jan.2, 2018.
“There’s a really good crew here, and we’re up to full staff now, so that makes a big difference,” he told the Packet.
He says geography provides a unique challenge for the detachment.
“The highway is a big concern… we have a highway here that is very active, and there have been, over the years, a number of very serious collisions,” he said, noting some of those collisions have been quite recent.
Turner also noted many smaller, more isolated communities under the detachment’s jurisdiction may not be easily accessible during winter time.
But the geography also offers plenty of benefits to Turner, a man who enjoys skiing and being outdoors.
Turner says he is a strong believer in community involvement, including getting feedback from area residents and being active in the community.
He says it’s important for a detachment to have a good rapport with people in the area.
“Having a good knowledge of the area and a good knowledge of rural policing, I’m able to bring a community-based approach,” he explained.
When not at work, Turner hopes to enjoy spending time outdoors and on the ski slope, or staying at home and watching his favorite team, the Toronto Maple Leafs.