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Carlyle's RCMP sergeant grateful for time in the town

I can say with utmost certainty that I will always remember my time at the Carlyle detachment and for good reasons.

CARLYLE - As my five-year-old boy says after morning cartoons, “all good things must come to an end”. 

I’ve been filling in at Carlyle now for 10 months. I can honestly say that my time in Carlyle has been marvellous.  I was lucky enough meet and make friends with so many great people during my time here. I was also lucky enough to take part in so many great community events and traditions ranging from charity hockey games to the Dickens Village Festival.

I can say with utmost certainty that I will always remember my time at the Carlyle detachment and for good reasons. When I finished my time in Carlyle, the plan was to return to Moosomin detachment.

However, If the RCMP has taught me anything, it’s that it’s a career that always keeps you guessing and to not let opportunities pass you by.  As such, I have accepted a transfer and promotion to be the staff sergeant at the Broadview detachment. I will be starting there in August and I am really looking forward to this new chapter in my career.

I can also depart knowing that you are in good hands. Staff Sgt. Michael Shortland will be taking over the Carlyle detachment upon my departure. I cannot say enough positive things about Shortland as he is everything you can hope for in a new detachment commander, police officer, neighbour and friend.

My only departing worry is that the cows may use this change in command as an opportunity to make a mooove and start a bunch of beefs. I have arranged members to conduct a steak out and take stock of the situation to avoid making any moostakes after I leave.

Let’s start this week off with one of the better calls I’ve seen reported during my time in Carlyle. On July 17, the RCMP received a call from a concerned adult female who advised that she just moved out to a farm outside Carlyle and that all her lights and power had just shut off and was not sure what was happening. 

The female was notified that there was a power outage in the area and that she would need to wait for power to be restored.

On July 20, RCMP received a call to Arcola where a garage door had been struck by a vehicle that left the scene. Members attended and located the vehicle responsible.  The driver claimed she was suffering from heat stroke but advised that she thought she probably did hit the garage door as there was damage to the front of her truck consistent with driving into the garage door.

On July 21, RCMP responded to a blue Chrysler Intrepid swerving in and out of traffic while travelling from Redvers to Moosomin.  The vehicle was cutting off other vehicles on the road and the caller was worried the car would cause an accident.

The Carlyle RCMP trained three new guards to work for the RCMP Bed and Breakfast. I hope everyone stays on their best behaviour as the new guards are very eager and excited to work. I wanted everyone to know they would be in very good hands should they earn a free night stay.

Also that day, RCMP were dispatched to a vehicle rollover in the RM of Brock. The rollover took place when a teenaged male driving a Dodge Neon drove off the road while taking a corner.  As the driver was travelling approximately 40 kilometres per hour, he luckily was not injured during the collision.

On July 22, RCMP and Const. Samowedziuk lead the parade in Manor. The parade was well attended with lots of floats and vehicles taking part. I know the kids in attendance really enjoyed it.

Also on July 22, the RCMP was dispatched to a two-vehicle collision on Highway 605 near Kisbey.  The collision took place when a van ran into the back of a semi-trailer that was stopped and waiting to turn. The van advised that he was unable to see the trailer well enough due to the amount of dust. The driver of the van was transported to hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

That same day, RCMP responded to a call of an intoxicated male causing problems at a residence in Carlyle. RCMP attended the scene and the male actually requested a free night stay at the RCMP Bed and Breakfast as he had nowhere else to go. As the male was outside his residence when RCMP arrived he was arrested for public intoxication. He was released the next morning when he was sober.

On July 23, RCMP responded to a vehicle rollover south of Carlyle on Highway 9.  The driver of a Chevrolet Blazer fell asleep and rolled when it entered the ditch. Members attended and luckily the driver was not injured during the incident.

That same day, RCMP received a call from a female employee at The Bar Bar at Kenosee Lake. The female stated that her silver Dodge Durango was damaged while parked at the bar. Carlyle RCMP is requesting anyone with information about this incident to contact the detachment at 306-453-6707. Information can be submitted anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-8477 or submitting a tip online at

Also on July 23, RCMP members were called to Manor Fair Grounds where a male was intoxicated and trying to start fights with other patrons. The RCMP attended the fairgrounds and was notified by other patrons that the male was just being a “drunken idiot” but had been taken home by family members. Members reported it appeared everyone in attendance was having a good time and acting responsible.

On July 25, RCMP were called to a residence at White Bear First Nations, where a female youth was grossly intoxicated and trying to fight other people at the residence. RCMP arrested the female youth and lodged her at the RCMP Bed and Breakfast until she was sober the next day. The teenager had breakfast prior to her release and was feeling a lot better.

It’s okay not to be okay

I want to ensure that if someone needs help the Suicide Prevention line is always available in the paper for them. We want to encourage everyone to reach out for help and talk to someone if they can. No matter how bad things may seem, remember that they can always get better.

Life can be very difficult to say the least. Please reach out and check in with friends, co-workers, and family to see how they are doing. It’s a perfectly normal question to ask people how they are doing. Don’t let people suffer in silence. If you see someone that you believe needs some help but won’t accept help from you, please let the police or their family know.  

In Saskatchewan you can call/text the mental health crisis line at 211 Counselling Connect Saskatchewan or the Canadian Mental Health Association at 1-306-384-9333.

Well Carlyle, it was great while it lasted. I think Porky Pig said it best – “That’s All Folks.”