Leader of the band

The Glengarry News - - Front Page -

Vet­eran po­lice of­fi­cer Steve McDougald will soon stop track­ing down con­tra­band in favour of pur­su­ing his life­long pas­sion.

The South Glen­garry res­i­dent, who is a de­tec­tive con­sta­ble with the RCMP anti-smug­gling Corn­wall Re­gional Task Force, has been named Pipe Ma­jor of the On­tario Provin­cial Po­lice Pipe Band.

The 31-year vet­eran, a mem­ber of the Stor­mont-Dun­das-Glen­garry OPP de­tach­ment, is due to re­tire, en­abling him to devote more time to his new “beat.”

Con­sta­ble McDougald was named head of the group at an im­por­tant time -- the band is cel­e­brat­ing its 50th an­niver­sary this year.

He be­comes the sixth Pipe Ma­jor to hold the po­si­tion since the On­tario Provin­cial Po­lice Pipes and Drums band was formed in 1968.

The 55-year-old, who has served in Glen­garry since trans­fer­ring to Lan­caster in 1992, is also Pipe Ma­jor of the South Glen­garry Pipes and Drums and just re­tired as Pipe Ma­jor of the SD&G High­landers.

He is look­ing for­ward to lead­ing the OPP band for many years to come, or, as he puts it, “For as long as the fin­gers keep work­ing.”

The band was started as a small unit play­ing at com­mu­nity events and po­lice func­tions. The award-win­ning band per­formed be­fore thou­sands of spec­ta­tors in Canada and the United States dur­ing the 1970s and 1980s be­fore be­ing dis­banded in 1991 due to fi­nan­cial con­straints.

Af­ter a three-year hia­tus, the band was re­formed as the “Com­mis­sioner’s Own OPP Pipes and Drums” and com­posed of vol­un­teer of­fi­cers, aux­il­iary of­fi­cers and civil­ians.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

NEW BEAT: De­tec­tive Con­sta­ble Steve McDougald (right) with On­tario Provin­cial Po­lice Com­mis­sioner Vince Hawkes af­ter the vet­eran South Glen­garry of­fi­cer was named Pipe Ma­jor of the OPP Pipe Band.

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