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New RCMP superintendent sought for Coquitlam detachment

The Coquitlam RCMP detachment is looking for a new Officer in Charge following the recent departure of Supt. Keith Bramhill.

Coquitlam RCMP is looking for a new police chief.

Today, March 5, the detachment confirmed that Supt. Keith Bramhill stepped down last month to take a job with the RCMP's E-Division; Insp. Darren Carr is acting in his position.

A recruitment campaign is now underway by the RCMP Lower Mainland headquarters.

And the cities of Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam, which share the detachment with the kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) First Nation, as well as the villages of Anmore and Belcarra, are part of the selection process, said Jim Ogloff, Coquitlam’s general manager of community safety.

Bramhill, who started as a Mountie in 1991, joined the Tri-City unit in December 2020 after working at the Richmond detachment as management services officer and YVR operations manager.

Carr began his RCMP career in 2000 in Burnaby after a career in the Royal Navy in the United Kingdom.

A decade later, he worked in the E-Division Major Crime Section before transferring to Coquitlam in 2020, where he’s been the operation officer.

“I am both honoured and proud to act as the Officer in Charge of Coquitlam detachment in service of the communities, of the Kwikwetlem First Nation, the villages of Anmore and Belcarra and the cities of Port Coquitlam and Coquitlam,” Carr said in a statement that’s posted on the RCMP website.

Meanwhile, both Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam will also soon have new fire chiefs.

Coquitlam has yet to name its leader to replace Ogloff, while PoCo announced in January that Blake Clarkson will take over from Chief Robert Kipps on March 14.