Keep­ing law and or­der in Car­bon­ear

“A lot of it is ed­u­ca­tion:” mu­nic­i­pal en­force­ment of­fi­cer

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY BILL BOW­MAN

Gor­don Parsons has a new beat. The vet­eran mem­ber of the Royal New­found­land Con­stab­u­lary (RNC) is the new mu­nic­i­pal en­force­ment of­fi­cer in Car­bon­ear.

A na­tive of Bryant’s Cove, the 55year old Parsons brings more than 30 years ex­pe­ri­ence in law en­force­ment and se­cu­rity to his new po­si­tion.

On his third day in the new job, Parsons sat down with The Com­pass last Wed­nes­day, Aug. 10 to chat about his past ex­pe­ri­ence, new po­si­tion and fu­ture with the town of Car­bon­ear.

He joined the RNC in 1979 and served for 26 years as a con­sta­ble in S t . John’s, Corn er Brook and Labrador City.

While still with the RNC, in 2000, Parsons served nine months as a team leader pa­trolling the streets of Kosovo with the United Na­tions se­cu­rity force.

Af­ter re­tir­ing from the RNC in 2005, he spent over three years as a se­cu­rity in­struc­tor at the Col­lege of the North At­lantic’s se­cu­rity col­lege in Qatar.

He re­turned to the prov­ince in 2009 to be­come se­cu­rity man­ager with FLUOR, the en­gi­neer­ing man­age­ment firm for the Vale INCO site in Long Har­bour, where he worked un­til he was laid off in Fe­bru­ary of this year.

While he has worked in larger cen­tres around the prov­ince and over­seas, Parsons has never kept law and or­der in a town the size of Car­bon­ear.

Gor­don Parsons sits in the board­room at the Car­bon­ear town hall with a map of the town be­hind him. The streets on the are his new beat in his role as mu­nic­i­pal en­force­ment of­fi­cer.

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