Sea-to-Sky communities welcome new RCMP Officer-In-Charge

Publication Date: February 3, 2021

RCMP vehicles outside the public safety building

The communities of Sea-to-Sky welcome the news announced today by the RCMP that Inspector Robert Dykstra has been appointed Officer-In-Charge of the Sea-to-Sky Detachment. Dykstra oversees two detachments servicing Bowen Island, Lion’s Bay, Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton, D’arcy and Birken. Dykstra replaces outgoing detachment commander Kara Triance.

“I warmly welcome Robert to his new post, and wish to thank Inspector Kara Triance for her work to create a culture of progressive, community-minded policing, of which I have no doubt Robert will champion,” says District of Squamish Mayor Karen Elliott. “There are no shortage of challenges in our region and Robert’s varied background and leadership will be invaluable to carry on the work to address them. I look forward to continuing our tradition of collaboration between the District, the RCMP and other community partners to meet the needs and expectations of a growing community.”

Dykstra’s background is exceptionally diverse beginning with close to a decade in public service at the federal level, and joining the RCMP frontline ranks in 2007. From Ottawa to Nova Scotia to Nunavut and now to Sea-to-Sky, his experience ranges from major crime to specialized investigations to crisis negotiation. Dykstra has risen quickly through the ranks and has taken on increasing leadership roles, guided by strong supervisors and mentors, and backed by two master’s degrees in public policy and administration.

“On behalf of the Whistler community, I’d like to thank our outgoing Officer-in-Charge, Inspector Kara Triance for her service and commitment to our communities,” says Mayor Jack Crompton.  “We look forward to continuing our work with the RCMP on local issues and policing.  Sgt. Robert Dykstra brings extensive experience and passion for community safety and engagement which will be an incredible asset as we undertake this work together. “

Dykstra’s experience in Nunavut and other remote regions of the Arctic taught him the importance of a team approach to policing, coupled with strong leadership, and plans to bring this style to his new post.

“Much progress has been made in the delivery of policing services over the last four years due to the hard work and dedication of the officers and employees of the Sea-to-Sky RCMP and the support and involvement of all community partners,” says Dykstra. “My intention is to build on the established foundation of positive relationships and partnerships to ensure we are providing the best policing services aimed at keeping our communities safe and secure.”

Married with two adult children, Dykstra will be moving to the Sea to Sky with his wife and son.

“My family and I are looking forward to our move to BC from Nunavut and integrating into the vibrant, diverse, and welcoming communities of the Sea-to-Sky corridor. It is truly a dream come true for us to be able to continue our journey in such an amazing place,” Dykstra continues.

Media contacts:
District of Squamish

Resort Municipality of Whistler Communications

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