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New constable joins Macleod detachment

Const. Shane MacMillan

Const. Shane MacMillan has joined the Fort Macleod RCMP detachment.

That new RCMP officer you’ve seen around town the last while is Const. Shane MacMillan.
Fort Macleod is MacMillan’s first posting with the RCMP. He began training with Const. Derek Williamson on Nov. 2.
MacMillan’s placement brings the Fort Macleod detachment up to eight members. It usually has a complement of seven.
When MacMillan completes training some time in April one of the other RCMP members — exactly who has not yet been determined — will move to another placement, and MacMillan will take his place as a full-time general duties constable.
“I’m very excited about being posted in Fort Macleod,” MacMillan said. “With its rich history and the beautiful location, it’s a place where I may learn, and get to know the people of the area, and hopefully fulfill the needs of the community.”
MacMillan comes from New Brunswick where he was a correctional officer for over 12 years. He also worked in the wood industries and operated heavy equipment and commercial vehicles.
Now 42, MacMillan had applied to join the RCMP in earlier years, but then decided to stay with corrections so he could remain in New Brunswick while his children were going to school.
“I re-listed my name after my children were finished their secondary schooling and started their college and university studies,” MacMillan explained. “Now my wife and I have the freedom to experience the different areas and people that I would be exposed to through the RCMP.” 
His decision to join the RCMP was also influenced by a family tradition.
“I come from a family with a history in the RCMP, being one of four brothers that are all presently active members in the force and posted in the Atlantic regions,” MacMillan said.
An avid outdoorsman, MacMillan is looking forward to exploring the diverse terrain of southern Alberta.
“Being an active outdoors man, whether it be hunting, fishing or camping, southern Alberta offers new and exciting changes in geological and scenic environment that is unlike that of the Atlantic,” MacMillan said. “I’m looking forward to exploring those areas and discovering new things, people and places.”

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