UPDATED: Red Deer RCMP welcomes new operations support officer

Former Red Deerian comes home

Retired Calgary Police Service officer Dean LaGrange has become Red Deer RCMP’s newest inspector.

LaGrange takes over the position from Insp. Heidi Wild who has become an employee/management relations officer for RCMP in Edmonton.

Born and raised in Red Deer, LaGrange was a member of the Calgary Police Service for more than 25 years before retiring last month. He commanded the traffic section for District 2 with the CPS and recently oversaw city-wide operational response as a duty inspector.

LaGrange also spent 2012 in Afghanistan training and mentoring the Afghan National Police as part of the NATO-led coalition Operation Enduring Freedom.

Supt. Ken Foster said he was impressed with LaGrange when they met during a joint police operation about 10 years ago. RCMP have been hiring more members from other police agencies and that’s a good thing.

“It gives a fresh set of eyes. It gives different ideas, and we’re always open to learning,” Foster said Tuesday morning after LaGrange’s swearing in ceremony at the Red Deer detachment.

The plain clothes unit, our traffic section and some administrative sections will be under LaGrange’s command. He will also fill in for Foster from time-to-time as acting detachment commander.

LaGrange said it was an honour to join the RCMP and return home to Red Deer.

“RCMP do many things well and Calgary Police Service do many things well so I’m hoping to learn, as well as bring some of my skills and experiences to the city of Red Deer,” LaGrange said.

“Being a police officer an hour-and-a-half down the road, we have similar issues and similar problems. It’s not secret that we’re in tough economic times. There’s several pressures facing communities such as the opioid crisis. It happens all over the province, and we’re here to work as a team and combat those issues.”

LaGrange said since he left Red Deer in 1988 the city’s population has more than doubled in size.

“With a larger city come larger problems. Again that’s not unique to Red Deer or any other city. It happens and that’s why we’re to work with the community and solve those problems together.”



szielinski@reddeeradvocate.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Alberta premier unhappy with Suzuki honorary degree but defends academic freedom

EDMONTON — Premier Rachel Notley says she does not agree with the… Continue reading

Sylvan Lake wants to create year-round tourist season

Public open house and workshops held May 10-12

Historical bylaws show a different Lacombe

Staff combed through records to find hundreds of outdated bylaws still on the books

Gravel companies facing fee increase

Red Deer County considering raising levy charged to gravel companies for road repairs

Excessive dog poop on Blackfalds ball diamonds frustrates town

Melting snow in Blackfalds uncovered ball diamonds full of dog poop, frustrating… Continue reading

WATCH: Red Deer students get active, healthy

Healthy Active Schools Symposium takes place in schools

Poll: Advocate readers support Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

Red Deer Advocate readers want the Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion to be… Continue reading

Celebrate all women this Mother’s Day in Central Alberta

A breakfast fundraiser is scheduled May 12 in Lacombe

Photo: Poplar Ridge Grade 6 class learn about newspapers

Red Deer Advocate editor Crystal Rhyno visited the school on Wednesday

‘The Heat’ doc examines gender barriers for top female chefs

TORONTO — In making a documentary about top female chefs, Toronto filmmaker… Continue reading

Hank Azaria willing to stop voicing Apu on ‘The Simpsons’

NEW YORK — Hank Azaria is ready to stop voicing Kwik-E-Mart owner… Continue reading

US stocks mostly fall in wobbly trading as costs, rates rise

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks are wobbling and trading mostly lower Wednesday… Continue reading

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month