An optimistic Sergeant Jason Keayes steps in as Sgt. Dave Beach steps out for retirement.

An optimistic Sergeant Jason Keayes steps in as Sgt. Dave Beach steps out for retirement.

Vanderhoof RCMP recruites a new sergeant

Sergeant Jason Keayes confidently steps into the role of sergeant commander with the RCMP Vanderhoof detachment on May 22.

Christina Millington

Omineca Express

Sergeant Jason Keayes confidently steps into the role of sergeant commander with the RCMP Vanderhoof detachment on May 22.

Keayes spent a few weeks shadowing former sergeant commander Dave Beach prior to starting the position to gain insight as well as a chance to become familiar with a small town rapport.

However, small town interaction won’t be in question by any means, for the native Fort Nelson stems from a small town upbringing.

“This wasn’t a promotion its something I chose to do,” says Keayes. “I wanted to come back to a smaller community.”

Born and raised in Fort Nelson, Keayes is third generation in his family to serve his country.

His grandfather served with the RCMP and his father with the Canadian air force.

The uniform holds many responsibilities that require an officer to manage duties other than the typical patrolling around town or handling unjustified occurrences.

“Everyday occurrences are different,” says Keayes. “I read through files and do a bit of administration work .”

Keayes has spent the majority of his policing career servicing the district of Prince George alongside his wife, a constable investigator for the major crime unit with the Prince George detachment, North District.

Currently, Keayes and his wife reside in Prince George, as they’re many of those whom feel the raft of the real estate market, which leaves Keayes making that daily 2-hour commute.

“I’m currently commuting from Prince George which keeps me apart from my wife quite a bit,” Keayes said. “I wanted to come to Vanderhoof. I like it here.”

 

A new town brings new responsibly and Keayes is up to the job bringing his 13 years of experience to Vanderhoof.