WINDSOR’S NEW STAFF SERGEANT HAS COME FULL CIR­CLE

Valley Journal Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - BY CA­ROLE MOR­RIS-UNDERHILL WWW.HANTSJOURNAL.CA Ca­role.Mor­[email protected]

Windsor’s new­est staff sergeant has come full cir­cle.

Cory Bushell was born in Windsor and at­tended Windsor Re­gional High School and then King’s-Edge­hill (Grade 12) be­fore head­ing to univer­sity and pur­su­ing a ca­reer with the RCMP.

With a 21-year ca­reer with the RCMP, he’s re­turned to his roots to help make a dif­fer­ence as the staff sergeant for the Windsor RCMP de­tach­ment.

“My for­ma­tive years were spent in Windsor, so I was re­ally pleased that Windsor was an avail­able op­por­tu­nity at the time I was look­ing for a tran­si­tion,” said Bushell, who started in the po­si­tion on Sept. 4.

“It was No. 1, ex­actly what I was look­ing for and No. 2, it’s al­ways some­thing spe­cial to come back to a place that you’re fa­mil­iar with and work amongst the peo­ple that you knew when you were younger and can help to grow the com­mu­nity with them.”

Bushell joined the RCMP in Oc­to­ber 1997. He started his ca­reer in Bridge­wa­ter, trans­ferred to Iqaluit, then Pang­nir­tung, in Nu­navut, then to Digby, then to En­field where he served as a su­per­vi­sor. He also served in fed­eral policing, where he ran the Na­tional Ports En­force­ment Team, and at RCMP head­quar­ters in Dart­mouth, where he worked in the ca­reer de­vel­op­ment and re­sourc­ing sec­tion.

His fi­nal post be­fore tak­ing over the reins in Hants County was as an NCO in charge of RCMP reg­u­lar mem­ber hu­man re­sources for the Prov­ince of Nova Sco­tia.

“It’s been won­der­ful ever since (ar­riv­ing). I had a very warm re­cep­tion from the com­mu­nity and from our com­mu­nity part­ners. I’m en­joy­ing the role thor­oughly. The mem­bers here are fan­tas­tic. They’re all very highly en­gaged and ded­i­cated to their work, ded­i­cated to each other,” said Bushell.

“I can’t say enough pos­i­tive things about my ex­pe­ri­ence thus far.”

Bushell said be­ing the district com­man­der for the Windsor ru­ral de­tach­ment of­fers the per­fect blend of com­mu­nity policing and ad­min­is­tra­tive du­ties.

“Com­ing from the HR role in the RCMP, my pri­mary role and re­spon­si­bil­ity is to make this work­place an en­gag­ing, safe, pro­duc­tive work­place for the peo­ple that work here. I want my em­ploy­ees to be highly en­gaged,” said Bushell.

“My sec­ond goal is to en­hance pub­lic safety in West Hants,” he said, not­ing while ev­ery com­mu­nity has sim­i­lar is­sues, such as speed­ing and im­paired driv­ing, each one has its own set of unique chal­lenges and is­sues to ad­dress.

Bushell said he’s hope­ful the com­mu­nity will help de­ter­mine what ar­eas need to be ad­dressed lo­cally and be­come en­gaged cit­i­zens with a will­ing­ness to work with their policing part­ners.

As Windsor and West Hants mu­nic­i­pal units work to­wards amal­ga­ma­tion, Bushell said he’s ex­cited to see what pos­i­tive op­por­tu­ni­ties will arise.

“We want to be part of that growth, we want to be part of that change. I’m ex­cited about the twin­ning project, I’m ex­cited about the down­town growth that’s hap­pen­ing, I’m ex­cited about the con­sol­i­da­tion,” said Bushell.

“Good things are hap­pen­ing. If the com­mu­nity gets en­gaged and re­ally runs with this, pos­i­tive things can hap­pen and we re­ally want to be a part of that as your policing or­ga­ni­za­tion,” he con­tin­ued.

“We want to be part of that big change, part of that big ex­cite­ment and part of that growth and hope­fully the prod­uct that we have at the end is a new, rein­vig­o­rated Windsor-West Hants area, with eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, with bet­ter wellness, with bet­ter pub­lic safety — with all the good things that make West Hants and Windsor a great place to live.”

CA­ROLE MOR­RIS-UNDERHILL

Staff Sgt. Cory Bushell leads the Windsor Ru­ral RCMP de­tach­ment. Born in Windsor, Bushell has served with the RCMP for 21 years. He ar­rived back in town to take the helm of the lo­cal com­mand on Sept. 4.

CA­ROLE MOR­RIS-UNDERHILL

Staff Sgt. Cory Bushell, of the Windsor Ru­ral RCMP de­tach­ment, has high hopes for the re­gion as it moves to­wards con­sol­i­da­tion.

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