A wel­come re­turn

New An­napo­lis District RCMP com­man­der happy to be back in Nova Sco­tia

Annapolis Valley Register - - COVER STORY - THE SPEC­TA­TOR BRIDGETOWN

An­napo­lis District RCMP has a new com­man­der who’s happy to be back in Nova Sco­tia, re­turn­ing to his roots in com­mu­nity polic­ing af­ter a 31-year ca­reer that took him to On­tario, Ger­many and places in be­tween.

Staff-Sgt. Ed Hub­bard ar­rived in An­napo­lis County at the be­gin­ning of Septem­ber, re­plac­ing Staff-Sgt. Dan MacGil­livray, who was trans­ferred to a new role in New Mi­nas.

Hub­bard was born in Eng­land and moved to Cum­ber­land County in 1969. He joined the RCMP in 1987 and has held a num­ber of di­verse roles within the force, be­gin­ning in Mis­sis­sauga, Ont. as a gen­eral duty con­sta­ble. Since then, he has worked both do­mes­ti­cally and abroad dur­ing the last three decades.

As district com­man­der, Hub­bard is in charge of RCMP in the Town of Mid­dle­ton and in An­napo­lis County. An­napo­lis Royal has its own mu­nic­i­pal po­lice depart­ment.

While Hub­bard is still get­ting his feet wet in An­napo­lis County, he noted it’s a busy district with sev- eral unique po­si­tions such as Se­niors Safety Pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor and a com­mu­nity pro­gram of­fi­cer.

“These are very much in­te­grated com­mu­nity po­si­tions where we’re deal­ing with much more than just re­sponse or re­ac­tive polic­ing,” he said. “It’s very much proac­tive and iden­ti­fy­ing is­sues prior to them be­com­ing a real polic­ing is­sue - the sort of stereo­typ­i­cal re­ac­tive polic­ing is­sue.”

Those civil­ian po­si­tions fo­cus on pre­ven­tion and ed­u­ca­tion.

Along with that, An­napo­lis District has an of­fi­cer in­te­grated with the schools, and while that’s not a new con­cept it’s an area where re­sources have been ded­i­cated.

“I’m re­ally im­pressed by what we have here at the present and I’m look­ing to learn how that ac­tu­ally works,” he said.

In other ar­eas of polic­ing, Hub­bard is catch­ing up on what’s hap­pen­ing in An­napo­lis District.

“From what I’m see­ing right now we seem to be man­ag­ing quite ad­e­quately,” he said, based on his lim­ited ob­ser­va­tion of a few weeks.

Be­sides the con­tin­gent of of­fi­cers ded­i­cated to An­napo­lis County and Mid­dle­ton, Hub­bard said he can draw on the re­sources based at RCMP head­quar­ters in Hal­i­fax.

“The RCMP is not just a set num­ber that we have ded­i­cated to the district,” he said. “If we re­quire po­lice dog ser­vices we have those as­sets avail­able from out­side that would come in. We have Ma­jor Crime, which would come in and do files.”

All told, they can bring in their own ex­perts in com­mer­cial crime, ex­plo­sives, tech­nol­ogy, div­ing, and nu­mer­ous other ser­vices, such as ERT.

“We can ask head­quar­ters for re­sources out of (Ma­jor Crime) to look at our file and maybe ad­vise us on where we should be go­ing with that, and/or they would take it over,” he said. “Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion ser­vices, all these sort of as­sets that we can draw upon when needed. Emer­gency Re­sponse Team is a big thing of which I was a mem­ber for 10 years, so I have some knowl­edge of the work­ings of that and the oc­ca­sions when they would be re­quired.”

In Canada, Hub­bard has worked as a de­tach­ment su­per­vi­sor, drug in­ves­ti­ga­tor, and led the Nova Sco­tia RCMP In­ter­net Child Ex­ploita­tion Unit. He’s been posted in Bible Hill, Cole Har­bour, and Hal­i­fax.

In­ter­na­tion­ally, he par­tic­i­pated in two United Na­tions mis­sions: in­ves­ti­gat­ing war crimes in Kosovo, and man­ag­ing three in­ter­na­tional teams who pro­vided ad­vice to the Afghanistan Na­tional Po­lice.

For the past four years, STAFFSGT. Hub­bard was posted in Ber­lin, Ger­many, as the RCMP li­ai­son of­fi­cer, where he served as the link be­tween law en­force­ment agen­cies in Canada and six Euro­pean coun­tries.

Hub­bard is glad to re­turn to his roots in com­mu­nity polic­ing.

“I look for­ward to work­ing with all of our part­ners, in­clud­ing ser­vice providers, town coun­cils, and po­lice ad­vi­sory boards to iden­tify chal­lenges and ways we can con­tinue to keep our com­mu­ni­ties safe,” he said.

“My wife, Lisa, and I feel very for­tu­nate to be back in our home prov­ince of Nova Sco­tia and I’m priv­i­leged to be work­ing with such a ded­i­cated and mo­ti­vated staff in beau­ti­ful An­napo­lis County.”


Staff-Sgt. Ed Hub­bard is the new An­napo­lis District RCMP com­man­der. His 31year ca­reer has led him across Canada and around the world. He re­places StaffSgt. Dan MacGil­livray, who takes up a new role in New Mi­nas.

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