Newest members of Sylvan Lake’s RCMP detachment

Two RCMP officers have joined the Sylvan Lake detachment since the end of June.

Two RCMP officers have joined the Sylvan Lake detachment since the end of June.

Cst. Marrla Boxhall moved here after spending the past three years at her first posting in Saskatchewan.

Born in Edmonton, she was raised in Manitoba. Then she took her business administration degree at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. While there she played on the university’s basketball team. She also enjoys other sports.

Boxhall said she had wanted to be an RCMP officer since she was in Grade 9. “I like interacting with people, helping people through tough times,” she said.

She’s looking forward to working in a larger detachment, and in a beautiful community with lots of tourists.

Cst. Landon Durstin started with the detachment on Sunday. He was born and raised on a farm in the Dauphin, Manitoba area. Before joining the RCMP he spend a year at Prairie Bible College in Three Hills.

Durstin has been a member of the RCMP for the past nine years, serving in the northern Manitoba detachment at Wabowden, then in Morris and most recently at RCMP “D” Division headquarters in Winnipeg.

At 6’6”, he claims the title as the tallest member of the local detachment. He enjoys sports, particularly hockey.

“I’m friendly, anyone can come and talk to me, I’m not shy,” he said.

Recent departures from the Sylvan Lake detachment have been Cst. Marlene Schmitte who was promoted to corporal on her transfer to Slave Lake, Cst. Ernie Horne who’s now at Canmore, Cst. Sabrina Caterini who has transferred to Fort McMurray and Cst. Kyle Smeltzer who’s gone to Bonnyville.