Assistant Commissioner Scott McMurchy is the New Commanding Officer for Manitoba's D Division of the RCMP. He notes he has a little over 34 years of policing experience and served in a number of communities in Saskatchewan and Northern Manitoba for approximately 18 years, as well as in the Winnipeg Headquarters in various roles. 

"I grew up in The Pas, Manitoba. I was actually born in Rossburn, Manitoba, but my family moved to The Pas at a very young age. That's the place I call home."

McMurchy outlines his focus. 

"It's really supporting our people; the men and women that work in the Manitoba RCMP, both our frontline detachments and all of our support personnel, and to really continue to support them and in the good work they do in protecting Manitobans. Another focus that I really pride myself on, and it goes back to how I've always conducted myself, is establishing and building long-standing relationships with communities and community leaders. So, I'm really looking forward to continuing that effort." 

He notes everyone knows crime is on the rise and violent crime in Manitoba is quite high, so he's looking to continue working a number of initiatives and bring on some new initiatives to address both violent crime and crime across rural and northern Manitoba.

McMurchy adds he's quite honoured to have been appointed as the Commanding Officer for Manitoba, being a Manitoba kid, giving him deep roots in this province.

"Manitoba has great things to offer in terms of policing the experience. Policing in Manitoba is like none other. Our men and women get to. work in very unique and challenging locations, but with that comes great experience that they can to gather and further their careers." 

He's been in the new role for his third week and adds the Portage detachment for Central Plains is one of their busier detachments. 

"The men and women out there do tremendous work, lots of good work and partnership with the Manitoba First Nations Police Service, and look to continue to support them in their efforts, as well."

McMurchy says he will be touring through the province and visiting Portage la Prairie soon.