Bay native named provincial RCMP Chief Superintendent
Chief Superintendent Alphonse MacNeil RCMP – Glace Bay Native
SYDNEY — Glace Bay native Alphonse MacNeil will officially become commanding officer of Nova Scotia’s RCMP in a special ceremony in Halifax, today.
MacNeil takes over ‘H’ Division from Steve Graham who assumed the role of deputy commissioner east in December and now oversees the RCMP’s operations in Eastern Canada.
As chief superintendent, MacNeil brings 35 years of service in the RCMP to his new position.
Front line work in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, the Canadian Air Carrier Protective Program, and the Integrated Security Unit commander for the 2010 G8 and G20 summits are among the wide array of policing roles he has held in his career.
“I have had fantastic jobs in the RCMP that I am proud of, but this one is the largest, most exciting, complicated tasks I’ve ever had,” MacNeil told the Cape Breton Post in June about his work with the G8/G20 summits.
“It is the largest deployment of security personnel for a major event in Canadian history.”
MacNeil was born in Glace Bay in 1956 and graduated from St. Michael’s High School and attended St. FX University before joining the RCMP.
The change of command ceremony will take place today at 2 p.m. to mark Graham’s departure and the arrival of MacNeil as commanding officer.
RCMP Commissioner William Elliott will witness the transfer of command.
(Congratulations Chief Superintendent MacNeil – CAPER)