Sgt. Jeff McBeth is new to the Sylvan Lake RCMP detachment.

McBeth happy to be back in Central Alberta

Sgt. Jeff McBeth, the town’s new operations non-commissioned officer (NCO), is the newest face at the Sylvan Lake RCMP detachment.

Sgt. Jeff McBeth, the town’s new operations non-commissioned officer (NCO), is the newest face at the Sylvan Lake RCMP detachment.

McBeth and his family relocated to Sylvan Lake from Fox Creek in September. So far, he’s greatly enjoyed working in town, and is happy to be fulfilling a “lifelong dream.”

“I think it’s the best job in the world, but I’m a little biased,” he said. “It was a lifelong dream of mine to be a Mountie. Every day when I come to work I still feel that same thing, even after 15 short years. In policing, (time) goes by so quickly.”

In addition to Fox Creek, McBeth has also worked at detachments in Strathmore, Leduc, Bretton and Drayton Valley throughout his 15-year-career.

Originally from Red Deer, he remembers visiting Sylvan Lake in the past, and says he’s familiar with the area.

“Being from Red Deer and coming to Sylvan Lake was a no-brainer,” he said. “I grew up in this area. I know how beautiful the community is and I knew my family would love it here.”

McBeth describes his role at the detachment as dealing with “any urgent things that need to be dealt with, or people I need to talk to, just to make sure I’m up to date on everything that’s going on in our detachment at any given time.”

He’s also responsible for making sure that members are adequately investigating files.

“If they need assistance, I’m here with a little bit more service to give them guidance … or teach the junior members a little bit more knowledge and skills to advance them up the ranks to becoming better investigators,” he said.

Away from work, McBeth steps into the role of being a dad. Camping with his family in summer is a particular hobby.

“I try to turn off being a cop and go home and just be a dad and deal with that stuff and have as much of a family life as I can,” he said. “Sometimes in policing, you’re not so lucky — you get called away quite a bit, but that’s not the case here, based on the position I’m in. I certainly enjoy that.”


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