Alberta RCMP and City of Grande Prairie announce new Officer in Charge in Grande Prairie

Grande Prairie, Alberta – In conjunction with the City of Grande Prairie, RCMP Superintendent Lyle Gelinas, Acting District Officer for the Western Alberta District, announced today the new Grande Prairie RCMP detachment Commander – Superintendent (Supt.) Donnan McKenna.


“Supt. McKenna will assume his command on October 4th, 2016”, said Superintendent Gelinas. “Supt. McKenna has been the Operations Officer at Grande Prairie since July 2014, acting as the second in command of the detachment. He assumes this command with a strong understanding of the community and a desire to ensure all community members feel safe and secure. He has extensive experience in Grande Prairie and from his previous postings in Manitoba, RCMP National Headquarters in Ottawa, Alberta, and as a United Nations Police Peacekeeping Commander in the Ivory Coast, West Africa. He has managed the overall supervision, direction and deployment of uniformed and plain clothes operations, as well as initial command during critical incidents involving serious threats to the public and police officers. Since his arrival at Grande Prairie in 2014, his experience having been in charge of the Alberta RCMP’s Crime Reduction, Habitual Offender and Family Violence programs province wide has been carried on in his work in Grande Prairie.


“We are pleased to welcome Commander McKenna to the role of OIC for the Grande Prairie Detachment,” say City of Grande Prairie Mayor, Bill Given. “Commander McKenna has demonstrated a long term commitment to this community and is intimately familiar with the policing needs of the Grande Prairie region. His appointment will ensure that the detachment can continue to focus on the core public safety initiatives that are a concern to our residents without missing a beat.”

“I am honored to be chosen as Grande Prairie’s new detachment Commander,” says Superintendent McKenna. “I have felt a strong connection with this community since my arrival, and look forward to continuing to serve the community in my new role.”

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