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New RCMP commander calls move a 'homecoming'

Cranbrook RCMP has a new top man in charge.

Sgt. Dave Dubnyk has been appointed Detachment Commander of the Cranbrook RCMP.

It's a return to Cranbrook for Sgt. Dubnyk, who spent eight years here from 1991 to 1999 on his first posting.

He then spent three years with the district's Major Crimes Unit, before transferring to Kimberley from 2002 to 2005.

He was promoted to Corporal with Kamloops Major Crimes in 2006, before he transferred to the Elk Valley, where he was Sergeant in Charge of Operations from 2008 to 2012. Then he took the detachment commander position at Sicamous RCMP.

In all, Sgt. Dubnyk has spent 14 years of his 24 years of service in Cranbrook and Kimberley.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for me and truly full circle for my career to return to Cranbrook as the Detachment Commander after having started here as a recruit. My spouse and I raised our family in Cranbrook and are extremely pleased to be coming back to the community," Sgt. Dubnyk said.

Born and raised in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Dubnyk studied sociology and criminology at the University of Saskatchewan before he joined the RCMP.

Before attending basic training, Dubnyk spent the first year of his career posted in Montreal where he received full bilingual status. Dubnyk completed his basic training in Regina in 1991.

"In my previous time in Cranbrook and Kimberley, I was very involved with the community, including school liaison, Special Olympics, the Canadian Cancer Society's Relay for Life and Cranbrook Minor Hockey," Sgt. Dubnyk said. "I am really looking forward to immersing myself back into the community and becoming involved again. It is a wonderful community and area. This is really a homecoming of sorts for me and I'm really looking forward to it."

Cranbrook has been without a permanent detachment head since previous Inspector Brian Edmondson retired in 2012.

"On behalf of the citizens of Cranbrook and City Council, I am pleased to welcome Dave 'home' to our great little city," said Mayor Wayne Stetski. "Mr. Dubnyk's interest in ensuring our community is a safe place to live and his belief that the police need to be an integral part of our daily lives makes him an excellent choice to command our detachment."

Sgt. Dubnyk's start date is yet to be determined, the city said.

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