Terrace RCMP Detachment Commander, Inspector Dana Hart is retiring.
Hart leaves the RCMP after 26 years of service, with the last four and half in Terrace.
He says when he first arrived in Terrace, the detachment had a number of internal conduct issues.
But he says he’s proud of the changes he’s overseen at the detachment.
Officers from the Terrace RCMP detachment have faced criticism and charges for using excessive force, but Hart says the current members understand the importance of treating everyone with dignity and respect.
He says despite the well publicized internal problems at the RCMP, such as RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson admitting there are racist members, Hart says the RCMP is evolving and will change for the better.
Over his career, Hart says he’s been fortunate to be able to serve in every part of Canada, as well as on the security team for Prime Ministers Jean Chretien and Stephen Harper.
One of the highlights of his career took place after Canada won hockey gold in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
He says as a police officer, he’s witnessed horrible events, and seen people at their worst or in their worst circumstances.
But the experiences that stick with him are the ones where he’s able to make a difference in the community.
Hart says he’ll be on annual leave until spring when he officially retires.