Over 600 km northwest of his hometown of 100 Mile House, new RCMP constable is glad to get back to the interior and to a small town with more community-based policing.
Previously posted in Powell River, Constable Nicholas Theoret is working for the Houston RCMP, but living living and doing most of his work in Granisle.
Policing is kind of a family thing, said Theoret, whose grandfathers were both in policing, one in the RCMP and the other in the military.
Theroet says he always had the RCMP in the back of his mind, but did some trades work and few other jobs after high school and considered going to college for science before deciding to try the RCMP.
“I was used to more this kind of climate where you actually have a winter, whereas in Powell River we were lucky if we saw one day of snow,” said Theoret.
Powell River has 22,000 people in the regional area, so Theoret says the size was an adjustment as well, but it was a great place to learn because he had such a large variety of file types, from assault to child pornography cases, he said.
“You name it, I pretty much investigated it. It was a little bit of everything,” he said, adding that they were also investigating files from start to finish with little
input from major detachments that were one or two ferry rides away.
But after almost seven years in Powell River, Theoret says he was eager to move back to a smaller town in the interior.
“It’s just my kind of climate,” he said, adding that it’s taken a bit to adjust back to the slower pace of policing in Granisle andHouston.
Theoret says Granisle is different than what he’s used to, but not a huge shock because it was what he expected when he took the post.
He is already involved in the Granisle fire department and is considering involvement in the Lions club.
On his spare time, Theoret enjoys fishing and archery, and is also teaching himself to play guitar.
Theoret says he hopes to get into forensics further in the future, but for now is enjoying the small town policing.
He says he will be spending most of his two year post out in Granisle, living, working and getting involved in the community there.
“It’s a nice little town,” he said.