New OPP detachment commander on the job

Insp. Dave Lucas started his duties last Wednesday as the new OPP detachment commander for the Fort Frances cluster.
Insp. Lucas said he and his family are excited about being in Fort Frances.
“I was born and raised in Kenora, so through high school sports, and for other things, I’ve spent time in Fort Frances in the past,” he noted.
“I love the community here,” he added. “I like to take part in outdoor activities, and there’s lots of water. I’ve been looking forward to getting settled in.
“This is a great opportunity for me,” Insp. Lucas continued. “I’m also really looking forward to policing Atikokan Township in 2006. I’m looking forward to working with our community partners there, and here as well.”
Insp. Lucas said the amalgamation of Atikokan Police Service into the OPP was the reason why the detachment commander position here had to be filled by someone with the rank of inspector, as opposed to a staff sergeant.
In his message in the Fort Frances OPP’s 2006 business plan, Insp. Lucas pledged: “In our quest to maintain the trust and confidence of the communities we serve, we will continue to work with our stakeholders in the Rainy River District to support our vision of ‘Safe Communities . . . A Secure Ontario.’
“To meet this goal, we will be focusing on professionalism, community partnerships, and investigative excellence during our day-to-day duties,” he added.
Insp. Lucas began his policing career with the RCMP in 1990, posted to the Invermere detachment in British Columbia.
He joined the OPP in 1992 and was assigned to general law enforcement duties in Thunder Bay.
His experiences there included being a coach officer, the community policing liaison officer, Emergency Response Team member, and detective constable with the crime unit.
In 1998, he transferred to the Kenora OPP, where he was a detective constable and ERT member before being promoted to detective sergeant in March, 2002.
He then returned to Thunder Bay as the area crime supervisor for major crime investigations.
He later was promoted to sergeant major as the unit commander for the OPP’s Northwest Regional Professional Standards Branch. In that capacity, Lucas was responsible for the investigation of internal and public complaints in the Northwest region.
Former detachment commander S/Sgt. Hugh Dennis retired last June 30 after 34 years of service, nearly 13 of which were in that role.