Stettler RCMP have welcomed Sarah MacQuarrie as a new recruit with her first posting.
“I’m happy that I came to Stettler,” said Constable MacQuarrie, who grew up in Hampton, New Brunswick, a small community of about 4,000 to 5,000 people about 30 kilometres northeast of Saint John.
“I love the small-town feel.”
She started with Stettler RCMP on Jan. 12, working with Constable Stephanie Lesyk after graduating from the RCMP Training Academy in Regina, Saskatchewan.
“I’ve learned a lot so far in Stettler,” said Constable MacQuarrie.
“It’s quite a busy community – it can go from a slow day to a fast day.”
Serving as a police officer has been a longtime goal of hers.
“I want to help people and make a difference in the community,” said Constable MacQuarrie.
“I wanted to pursue this career since I was in high school.”
While in senior high school, she was active in Teens Against Drunk Driving.
“We worked with local police at roadchecks,” she said.
That helped to spark her passion for police service even deeper.
“I enjoy policing because I enjoy helping people and there’s always something different every day,” said Constable MacQuarrie.
“I want to stay in general duty for a while and I don’t know what my goals are after that.”
She also has an ambition to serve in the community by coaching school basketball.
MacQuarrie enjoys horseback riding and wants to continue to be involved with English riding, dressage, cross-country and stadium riding.
Stettler RCMP are waiting for two more new constables to arrive in the next few weeks, including one who will serve on highway patrol.