New post ideal for sergeant
Turner Valley: RCMP Sgt. Larrey-King looks forward to duties in foothills
By: Tammy Rollie
| Posted: Wednesday, Sep 25, 2013 10:18 am
After spending her policing career in various communities across the province Turner Valley’s new RCMP sergeant couldn’t be happier with her new post.
Sgt. Paulina Larrey-King said she feels right at home at her desk in Turner Valley.
“Having the opportunity to come to a community as beautiful as this area seemed like a perfect fit,” she said.
Larrey-King, her husband and two children settled in their home this summer and are already exploring the foothills to take advantage of all it has to offer.
With the family being outdoorsy types, with a love of biking, skiing and hiking, Larrey-King said the foothills and nearby mountains will keep them busy for their recreational activities.
“We are looking for a better quality of life,” she said. “We are taking advantage of pretty much everything this area has to offer. There is probably a lot of things we don’t know even exist yet.”
Larrey-King began her duties as sergeant in Turner Valley the first week in September and is just starting to learn the ropes of the detachment.
“It’s too early for me to tell what I’m going to focus on,” she said. “I will probably attend council and go to the community and take a look at what the priorities are.”
From what she has seen so far, Larrey-King said the detachment looks like a well-run operation.
“I think it’s very well established with the two corporals here,” she said. “They’ve done a great job and I will maintain that.”
When she began training with the North Vancouver RCMP auxiliary program 25 years ago, she knew she found the ideal career.
“You don’t know what your day is going to be like,” she said of policing. “You have to be quick-thinking. It’s difficult to get bored because there are no two days that are the same. You don’t know what’s going to happen in a day.”
Larrey-King moved to North Vancouver after spending the majority of her childhood in Spain.
Although born in Canada, Larrey-King’s father decided to move his family to his home country when she was quite young. However, at the age of 20, she returned to Canada.
“Europe is a different lifestyle,” she said. “When you are in your early 20s you are looking for adventure. Being Canadian you want to go back to your roots.”
Larrey-King started her career as a constable in Fort Saskatchewan for seven years, was corporal for two years in Canmore and sergeant for three years in Grimshaw.
She spent five years at the RCMP’s provincial headquarters in Edmonton as a non-commissioned officer doing career development training and the past year training officers and overseeing the transfer of members provincially and inter-provincially.
“I went into the job due to personal circumstances,” she said. “I had to be in the community.”
Although Larrey-King missed the duties of an RCMP officer, she enjoyed the benefits of working in career development.
“It was a great experience,” she said. “It gives you a different perspective.”
Yet, after her first year in the posting, Larrey-King was ready to move on.
“I am ready to come back to the operations,” she said. “We are part of the community when we come here.”
Having seen much of the province throughout her career, Larrey-King said she is glad to be posted in Turner Valley.
With a particular fondness for smaller communities, she found the town of 2,200 people to be the perfect place to continue her career as a police officer.
In addition to serving and protecting residents of Turner Valley, Larrey-King plans to become part of the community by taking part in school activities and coaching her children’s sports teams.