Melfort RCMP’s newest staff sergeant has been making the rounds recently by introducing himself to the community.
S/Sgt. Deon Marquis comes to the Melfort after being detachment commander in Rosthern and Wakaw, and had previous stints in Carrot River and Regina Commercial Crimes.
Marquis says he’s enjoyed getting to know key decision-makers in the community so far.
“It’s been great, I’ve been getting out in the community and trying to meet as many people as I can,” Marquis says. “Speaking to our town councils and city councils in our whole detachment area and our rural municipalities, and just getting an idea of who we service.”
He will assume the role of previous S/Sgt. Monty LeComte, who held the position for almost two years.
Marquis says getting officers out in the public is a key focus over the first few months of his command.
“We’re going to look at a lot of community engagement,” he says. “And really listen to the areas of concern to try to find the strategies to solve the problems, or perceived problems, and increase our visibility. Whether it be at a community function or with traffic enforcement, and just being out and about.”
On Monday, Marquis visited City Hall and spoke to Council as they opened their meeting, something that no commanding officer has done before.
Mayor Rick Lang says he’s excited to continue the City’s strong partnership with a Marquis-led detachment.
“I think we’ve always been very fortunate with our interaction with the RCMP as a community,” Lang says. “Like I said, we’ve always had very good commanding officers and I think we’re going to have more of the same. I’m really looking forward to working with him, and I think all of Council is based on what we saw [Monday].”
Marquis adds he’s looking forward to interacting with the community and maintaining the RCMP’s role in Melfort.