RCMP Superintendent, and former officer in charge of the Fort Saskatchewan RCMP, Mike McCauley, is moving on after four years.
McCauley has accepted a promotion to be in charge of engagement outreach for the Alberta RCMP at their headquarters in Edmonton.
He came to Fort Saskatchewan in 2018 and overlooked several different initiatives during his time, such as creating the detachments traffic and crime reduction units and their domestic violence unit founded last year.
Born in Ottawa, McCauley grew up as the son of an Ottawa police sergeant, which influenced his future career choice. He studied criminology at St. Mary’s University in Nova Scotia, joined the RCMP right after graduating, and “hasn’t looked back since”.
He wanted to join the RCMP because he liked the idea of being able to travel the country as he wasn’t set on returning to Ottawa. Another influence on his decision was when he worked for the National Crime Prevention Centre as a summer student under an RCMP inspector.
“Ron Mostrey, who used to be actually from Alberta, really kind of steered me towards the RCMP and spent the summer recruiting me. I liked everything I heard. So, it’s the only force I ever applied for. It just became my passion and my dream that summer.”
Since then, he’s been posted to Maple Ridge, B.C., then worked full-time in the Surrey RCMP homicide unit before spending some time in Langley. He then came to Alberta, where he first worked in Airdrie with the Major Crimes Unit, conducting homicide interrogations.
“And then I was fortunate enough to land in the Fort, where I spent the best years of my career.”
McCauley said the support he received from both citizens and the city was the best he’s ever seen, adding whatever he needed or asked for; the city trusted his judgment.
“I mean, obviously, the city of Fort Saskatchewan emblem has a Mountie in it, so it’s deep-rooted in the community.”
Two events stick out to McCauley when asked about the highlights of his time in the Fort. He was particularly proud of the Sunset Ceremony held in 2018, where approximately 1,000 people gathered to watch marching, pipes, drums, and Indigenous dancing.
“It was such an amazing community event that I was so proud to be a part of.”
The second event was the roundtable discussion held in partnership with the city and councillor Jibs Abitoye to create a multicultural working group a year and a half ago. He was particularly humbled when Abitoye credited the RCMP roundtable discussion for helping to inspire the Fort Black Society, a black community group.
“Those things are really near to my heart. I absolutely believe in diversity, inclusion, and to modernize how we communicate as the police, and how we best serve -- all the citizens of Alberta.”
McCauley added the pandemic was the biggest challenge of his four years in the Fort.
In his new position, he’s looking forward to working on initiatives like Indigenous and community policing, diversity and outreach, and provincial domestic violence victim services. He’s also working on Operation Cold Start and a virtual opioid dependency program in partnership with Alberta Health Services.
“[I’m] very excited about that, and we’re going to be rolling that out across the province in the next couple of months.”
McCauley would like to thank mayor Gale Katchur, city manager Troy Fleming, and the director of protective services, Coreen Rayner, for all of their support over the years and what he called an amazing experience he will hold near and dear for the rest of his career.