Terrace RCMP welcomes new officer in charge

One level brick building with a totem pole in the front and an RCMP sign to the right
Terrace RCMP welcomes new acting officer in charge, photo courtesy of the City of Terrace
Morgyn Budden - CFNR - TerraceBC | 25-08-2022
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Terrace RCMP has introduced new acting Officer in Charge Terry Gillespie. 

After holding the position for eleven years, Michael Robinson made the transition into a regional role which oversees surrounding detachments. Gillespie was announced to be taking over in November 2021, officially starting on July 27, 2022. 

Gillespie brings with him seventeen total years of policing experience, but has held commanding officer positions since 2013. His northwest experience started in Burns Lake where he was commanding officer for a year before moving to Daajing Giids and then Smithers for three years each holding the same position. 

Having years of background in the northwest, Gillespie said he hopes to continue making connections with Indigenous nations surrounding the community. 

Gillespie says that he has no plans to make any immediate changes to the Terrace detachment, but, instead, is hoping to make a few small technique changes over a longer period of time. He says due to the nature of the job the slower progress makes more of a difference. 

In his first presentation to the city council, Gillespie gave the quarterly report which saw a 19.5 per cent increase of charges to date in 2022 compared to last year. 

During the presentation Gillespie also said that the quarterly charge increase of 14 per cent was three fifths of Smithers total for the year. The quarter covered the period of April 1- June 30 which was Robinson’s last report before his departure. 

Listen to the radio story below: