Drumheller's RCMP Detachment has recently gained a new Constable.
Marcel Hiemstra grew up in Southern Alberta, in the Lethbridge area, and comes to Drumheller after working up in Fort McMurray, but not as a police officer.
"I have 16 years as a carpenter, so I'm a journeyman carpenter. I did six years in Fort McMurray as a garbageman and here I am now," Hiemstra stated. "I always wanted to do police work. The main thing that held me back was I never finished high school, big mistake. Later on when I was a garbageman working for the city of Fort McMurray, I had the opportunity to take my GED and I found out that's all you need to apply to become aN RCMP member. A week later I was taking the aptitude test."
Growing up and working in small towns has had an effect on Hiemstra's life and he's glad to be here in Drumheller.
"You get to see different things. Obviously I'm not comfortable with large cities, so this here is a perfect little town (and a) perfect fit for me. That experience of dealing with people to a smaller degree and being as old as I am definitely helps," outlined 41 year old Hiemstra.
So, what are some of the best things and worst things about being an RCMP officer?
"The best thing is just helping people out. You do something for somebody that puts them at ease and the relief on their face or gratitude, you just can't put words to it," expressed Hiemstra. "There's definitely a lot of paperwork. Every government job has paperwork, but RCMP definitely has a lot of paperwork and that's something I need to work on."
Hiemstra mentioned that he has no concrete plans as of now, but has some ideas in mind.
"Sooner or later I'd like to be able to purchase a house here, bring my wife and animals up with her. For long term goals in Drumheller, just do what I can do to help out in the community."