The Agassiz RCMP detachment has a new commander.
Sergeant Darren Rennie has come full circle with his return to Agassiz. He actually started here as a rookie RCMP constable back in 1997 – his first posting. Since those first six years here, he’s had extensive experience throughout the Fraser Valley including Chilliwack, Mission and Hope, as well as working as an officer in his hometown of Toronto. Rennie’s most recent posting was in Chilliwack working on the Serious Crimes Unit.
Rennie took over from Sgt. J.D. Fredette, who was posted here temporarily.
In his first couple weeks on the job, Rennie has found a positive relationship between the RCMP and the citizens.
“This community is very supportive of their police,” he remarks. “The only thing I’ve heard is they would like to see more of the police.”
Rennie makes a point, along with the other Agassiz RCMP officers, to conduct foot patrols at least once a day just to connect with people, say hi and get to know the local population.
Rennie plans to focus the community policing office’s efforts on issues such property crime, traffic safety and working closely with the community’s youth. To that end, Sgt. Rennie has assigned an officer, Cst. Jared McGinn, as youth liason officer.
As for specific crime issues in the District of Kent and Harrison Hot Springs, Rennie says while there are concerns here such as property crime, “Overall, this is a very good community to live in and work in.”
Rennie, who is married and has three children, encourages citizens to help the RCMP by not hesitating to call if you see or know of criminal activity.
“Don’t be afraid to report,” Rennie urges. “We can’t solve crime without the community.”
To call the local Agassiz detachment, phone 604-796-2211.