The Vermilion detachment will be saying goodbye to Sgt. Jane Boehr this January, as she enters retirement after just over 32 years of service with the RCMP.
On Wednesday, she was presented a plaque by Mayor Caroline McAuley, thanking her for her service and recognizing her contributions to the community.
“It was a dream of mine to become a police officer — a dream since childhood,” said Sgt. Boehr.
“I have enjoyed my career and feel privileged to have served in several different communities throughout Alberta. I have enjoyed all my postings, from the locations to the people – each place had something special to offer.”
Acting as Vermilion’s sergeant for the past six years, Boehr has been responsible for managing the day to day operations of the detachment, performing both administrative and operational duties including going out on calls with members on occasion.
Boehr said she felt immediately welcome and included in the community. She has found the people to be friendly and supportive, and said for the most part there is a great connection between the detachment and the community members.
Boehr said as she enters retirement the thing she will miss most are the people.
“Being a member of the RCMP is like being in another family group and that will change,” said Boehr.
“As a supervisor, it has been rewarding to see the members grow their skills as police officers. I have felt privileged to have been able to invest into their lives.”
Next month she anticipates spending more time with her husband and family and said, “I look forward to the freedom to take on new challenges, whatever that might look like. It will be nice to be able to just relax.”