Northern News Services
Published Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Ikaahuk/Sachs Harbour -
Although they've been on the beat for over a month, RCMP in Sachs Harbour were welcomed back to the community in style on July 10th.
Dressed in their classic red serge uniforms, the RCMP re-opened the Sachs Harbour detachment with some help from the community and more than a few politicians.
"It was a little cool but a beautiful day. We started a little later than expected due to some flight arrangements but that's neither here nor there," said Cpl. Eric McKenzie.
He said the ceremony was opened by Priscilla Haogak and a group of kids singing the national anthem in Inuvialuktun.
There was a who's who of politicians on hand for the historic day including Premier Floyd Roland, IRC Chair Nellie Cournoyea, Nunakput MLA Jackie Jacobson, and Western Arctic MP Dennis Bevington just to name a few.
Former Sachs Mayor and former special constable with the RCMP Andy Carpenter Sr. gave the opening speech.
Deputy Mayor Donna Keogak said having the RCMP back full time has had a positive impact on the community.
"For me, it makes me feel a lot safer. We never had much crime to begin with but they're there when we need them. Everybody know now that if anything happens they're available," said Keogak.
During the ceremony, Keogak presented Chief Supt. Tom Middleton with a plaque commemorating the re-opening.
"It was very, very nice and we followed it up with a big barbecue feast down on the beach which was pout on by the hamlet," said McKenzie.
McKenzie said the feast included Musk ox burgers, turkey, ham, salads, fruit, and vegetables.
Now that the official opening is over, RCMP will be working at renovating the detachment and their living quarters and "maintaining the right," as their motto says.