Saturday , 15 May 2021

Former Lakeland RCMP officer recognized internationally

Jeremie Landry, Cold Lake RCMP’s former staff sergeant, has received the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s 40 Under 40 award in recognition of his strong leadership and deep community involvement.

“Donning the uniform and showing up as my best authentic self, occupying a leadership role, and serving others is a true honour,” wrote Landry on the IACP’s website.

The IACP is the world’s largest professional association for police officers, with members in over 165 countries.

Its 40 Under 40 awardees are chosen based on how they represent rising leadership from around the globe, exemplifying dedication and service to their communities as well as the law enforcement profession.

Landry writes that he chose a law enforcement career to be a force of positive change in communities across Canada as well as uphold the law.

Across his career as an officer, Landry has strived to become part of that transformation, realizing such change would require strong, authentic leadership.

After being posted to Cold Lake in 2015 and spending a total of three years in the community, Landry helped introduce the city’s K9 unit “Harp” and grow the detachment’s administration to include a Watch Clerk and additional employee, allowing officers to focus on crime reduction. These measures coupled with developing community policing strategies  contributed to a 40 percent reduction of crime in the community.

In Cold Lake, he also helping initiate programs and activities for struggling male youth, measurably reducing youth crime.

Following his stay in Cold Lake, Landry was posted to St. Paul in 2018 as the operations officer for Eastern Alberta District.

In 2020, Landry was posted to Halifax as the Operations Officer for Halifax District, Landry thanked the city for welcoming him into the community.

“Of my last seven postings, Cold Lake is the best. The staff and support staff at the detachment are second to none.”

His leadership and early career successes earned him the 2016 Athabasca University Rising Star Award.

Landry has also demonstrated exemplary performance in the field — while a sergeant in Alberta, he applied first aid and removed an injured officer from danger while under fire, which earned him an RCMP Commissioner’s Commendation for Bravery, and the Medal of Bravery from the Governor General of Canada.

As a member of the Acadien-Métis Souriquois of Nova Scotia and the LGBTQ community, Landry has taken part in numerous initiatives to support diversity and inclusion within and outside of the RCMP.

In each of his postings, he has volunteered in communities he’s served, believing strongly in everyone having a role to play in improving their communities.

About Chris Lapointe

Chris is a two-time Vancouver Film School graduate, where he originally studied screenwriting and video games. Returning home to the lakeland post-graduation, he was determined to put what he learned to use. He brings with him a laid-back attitude and a love for pop culture that he hopes can be injected into Lakeland Connect's publications.