New in blue

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Krystin McHugh

The last two months Drumheller has had a new man in blue in town. Con­sta­ble Mar­cel Hiem­stra ar­rived at the Drumheller RCMP de­tach­ment the end of August straight out of train­ing.

Con­sta­ble Hiem­stra, who was born and raised in the Leth­bridge area, said, “Drumheller is dif­fer­ent. It’s beau­ti­ful in its own way with its his­tor­i­cal as­pect. I find you tend to get to know peo­ple more here than in a big­ger place.”

Con­sta­ble Hiem­stra said that af­ter 25 years he had a hard time ad­just­ing to six months of school. He is glad to be out of train­ing and said the de­tach­ment is help­ing and he is learn­ing lots from his of­fi­cial trainer, Con­sta­ble John Fo­ran. Con­sta­ble Hiem­stra said that he is ex­cited to con­sider Drumheller his home and his co work­ers are quickly be­com­ing like his fam­ily.

“The RCMP is fam­ily. You have to rely on ev­ery­one. In train­ing at de­pot you learn this. With­out the help and moral sup­port of the oth­ers I wouldn’t have made it through train­ing.” he said.

Con­sta­ble Hiem­stra said he al­ways wanted to ei­ther be in the army or a po­lice of­fi­cer. Af­ter be­ing a jour­ney­man car­pen­ter for 16 years, Con­sta­ble Heim­stra, de­cided to fol­low that dream and look into join­ing the RCMP.

When asked what at­tracted him most to be­ing with the RCMP, he said it was to be able to help peo­ple. He said, “My fa­vorite part of the job is all the lit­tle things. I like help­ing peo­ple and in­ter­act­ing with the youth of the com­mu­nity.”

“Maybe one per­son out of 20 is grate­ful at the time when you show up but even if just one per­son is grate­ful, that makes my job worth it. As they say, when you are RCMP you en­counter 10 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion and 90 per cent of the time it’s the worst day of their life.” Con­sta­ble Hiem­stra said.

Con­sta­ble Mar­cel Hiem­stra... Drumheller RCMP

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