There’s a changing of the guard at the Corman Park Police Service (CPPS).
Sergeant Warren Gherasim, a former Staff Sergeant with the Warman RCMP detachment and a four-year veteran of the CPPS, officially took over as Chief of Police of the eight-member police force on Friday, January 11.
Gherasim took the oath of office in the RM of Corman Park council chambers. Corman Park Police Commission Chair Jim Christie and Vice-Chair Judy Harwood presided over the swearing-in ceremony.
Gherasim takes over the reins from former CPPS Police Chief John Garnet, who will continue to be a member of the CPPS on a part-time basis.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve as Chief of Police,” said Gherasim. “This is an excellent place to work, and I’m excited about where we’re going and the things we’ll do in the future.
“We have a lot of new faces in our ranks and we have a great opportunity to take this in an upward direction.”
Gherasim’s first official act as Chief of Police was to swear in the newest member of the police service, Sheldon Hamm. Hamm is a 15-year veteran of the Calgary Police Service who recently obtained his certification for Saskatchewan.
A special presentation was made to former CPPS Sergeant Brian Fehr, who retired at the end of December. Fehr was with the CPPS for seven years, and prior to that served for 35 years with the RCMP in several communities in Saskatchewan.
“Brian is a very determined and tenacious guy who never gives up,” said Gherasim. “When he starts an investigation, he’ll see it through to the end, no matter how long it takes.”
A special certificate honouring Fehr’s contributions to police work in the province , as well as Fehr’s specially-encased badges from his time with the RCMP and CPPS were presented to him by Gehrasim.
“I enjoyed working here,” said Fehr, 68, one of the oldest active policemen in the province at the time of his retirement. “I always told myself I would leave while I still enjoyed what I was doing, and I realized last year that it was time.”