A new sergeant has been appointed to head the Summerland RCMP detachment.
Sgt. Stephane Lacroix, an officer with 29 years of policing experience, has spent much of his career working in the Okanagan.
He began his work at the Summerland detachment on Monday.
After beginning his policing work in Ottawa and Chilliwack, he was stationed in Oliver in 1992 and served there for nine years.
He later worked in Penticton, on general duty, drug work and serious crime investigations.
In Kelowna, he was assigned to the major crime unit, investigating homicides in much of southeastern British Columbia.
His role in Summerland will be a change from the serious crime and homicide work.
“It’s back to the grass roots of policing,” he said.
He added that Summerland, with its low crime rate, is a refreshing change.
“It’s nice, after dealing with the worst to deal with people in a good environment,” he said.