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Holly Glassford named Red Deer RCMP officer in charge

Supt. Holly Glassford will be the first woman to serve as the Red Deer RCMP’s officer in charge.

On Thursday, acting city manager Sarah Tittemore announced Glassford will become the new OIC of the Red Deer RCMP detachment.

“I love to see others achieve their goals; it is an honour to think I can play a role in empowering more young women to take on leadership roles in their professions and in their community,” Glassford said of being the detachment’s first female OIC.

Glassford, who has served as acting OIC since this past December, assumes the rank of superintendent with the permanent appointment to OIC.

“Over the past four months, Supt. Glassford has been providing excellent leadership in the interim role and I look forward to continuing to work together on our policing and crime prevention initiatives,” said Tittemore.

Gerald Grobmeier retired from the position this past December after two years in charge of the Red Deer RCMP detachment.

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Glassford has 23 years of service with the RCMP and has served throughout Canada, including numerous postings in the Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia and Alberta. Glassford joined the Red Deer RCMP in 2019, where she was appointed as the operations officer.

“Over the past three years, I have worked alongside a great team of dedicated RCMP members and municipal employees who are committed to serving the citizens of Red Deer,” said Glassford.

“Together, I look forward to actioning our new policing priorities and furthering our collaboration with the city to shape community safety for years to come.”

Chief Supt. Darcy Fleury, district commander of RCMP’s Central Alberta district, congratulated Glassford for being appointed officer in charge.

“I am confident that Supt. Glassford will continue to provide strong leadership to the detachment and the community, with a strong focus on crime prevention and reduction,” said Fleury.

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