Inspector Ray Carfantan, head of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment, is heading to the Mainland. (File photo)

Inspector Ray Carfantan, head of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment, is heading to the Mainland. (File photo)

Inspector Ray Carfantan moving on

Head of North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment being promoted and heading to the mainland

Inspector Ray Carfantan, who has been the head of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment for almost four years, is moving on.

Carfantan, who has been an RCMP officer for 28 years, is being promoted to superintendent and will be heading to the Mounties’ Southeast District in B.C. where he will serve as assistant district officer.

The Southeast District shares a border with Alberta and the United States and has 28 RCMP detachments and 20 sub-detachments.

Carfantan said he’s pleased with the work he and the officers at the North Cowichan/Duncan detachment have done in his time in the Cowichan Valley.

“The volume of work here is incredible and growing, and I’m proud of the officers here for their dedication,” he said.

“I’ve always found that the local community has been very supportive of the police, as well as the municipalities. We certainly need a new building for the detachment, and I hope that it happens soon.”

Carfantan said a panel has been convened to choose a replacement for him in the local detachment, and he expects an announcement will be made in early September.

“Until then, Sgt. Chris Bear will be the acting officer in charge at the detachment,” he said.

“I have another six or seven years to go before I retire, and then I plan to return to the Valley. I have children who live on the Island.”