Cst. Harris joins Killam RCMP detachment
Constable Mike Harris is the newest addition to the Killam RCMP detachment. Hailing from Ontario, Harris originally pursued a very different career path.
“Then I worked as an arborist,” said Harris.
During that time, he said, he was drawn to the idea of being a police officer.
“In Ontario, it’s difficult to get on if you don’t have life experience.”
He completed his training to become a member of the RCMP in Regina, and was soon setting off for Killam.
“This is my first RCMP posting,” he said.
Harris started work in Flagstaff on June 15, beginning his new career at the age of 29.
He moved to Killam with no prior knowledge of the area, or any of the residents.
“I just got put here and started from scratch.”
When he first learned that he was coming to Alberta, he said he hoped he would be somewhere near the mountains.
“It’s still in driving distance,” he said. “It’s still closer than in Ontario.”
Since arriving, he has found that he fits in well in the community.
Harris can often be found playing sports, and is a regular participant at the ball diamonds, as well as ultimate frisbee.
He added that he is looking forward to playing hockey in the winter.
His interests have helped him to meet a wide variety of locals, and he said that he enjoys the small-town atmosphere.
“Everyone knows everyone,” he said.
“It’s a really nice town.”
When asked whether he would eventually like to work in a larger area, Harris shrugged.
“The contract here is for five years. I’m going to enjoy this while I’m here.”
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