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Top cop who knows 'fiscal challenges' to head Coquitlam RCMP

Bramhill will assume the role this month after the cities of Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam “unanimously” chose him to take over from Superintendent Annette Fellner
Insp. Keith Bramhill Coquitlam RCMP photo
Insp. Keith Bramhill is the latest officer in charge to oversee the Coquitlam RCMP - Photograph via Coquitlam RCMP

There is not much Coquitlam’s new officer in charge for the RCMP hasn’t done, according to his resume.

This week, the RCMP sent out a press release announcing that Insp. Keith Bramhill, a 30-year veteran of the force, will be overseeing Anmore, Belcarra, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and the Kwikwetlem First Nation.

Bramhill will assume the role this month after the cities of Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam “unanimously” chose him to take over from Superintendent Annette Fellner. 

“As former regional duty officer in the Lower Mainland, human resource advisor to the Lower Mainland district officer and coming from a large detachment of Richmond, I’ve become very familiar with human resource and fiscal challenges, while balancing community needs and expectations. I’m very much looking forward to working with all the communities served by the detachment,” Bramhill said in the press release.

Insp. Bramhill joined the RCMP in 1991 and moved up the ranks serving communities across the Lower Mainland and Alberta. 

He has held a variety of roles including, human resource management, strategic planning emergency management, policy development, general duty patrol response, homicide and serious crime investigations, media relations, recruiting/career development, operational command and critical incident management. 

Most recently, Insp. Bramhill divided his time between two demanding portfolios at the Richmond detachment — management services officer and YVR operations manager. 

He has been awarded a number of honours, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Award and Honours in 2010.

Both Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart and Port Coquitlam Mayor Brad West stated in the press release that they welcome Insp. Bramhill as officer in charge, noting his depth of experience. Assistant Commissioner Stephen Thatcher, Lower Mainland District Commander for the BC RCMP, expressed confidence that Bramhill would “identify and be responsive to the priorities of the communities served by the Coquitlam Detachment.”

Insp. Bramhill will be promoted to superintendent once he assumes his role at the detachment.

He is described as a lifetime resident of the Lower Mainland, growing up in Ladner. In his spare time, he is a member and volunteer of the Royal Canadian Legion, and has a love for old sports cars. Bramhill is supported by his wife of 32 years and three grown children.

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