COFFEE WITH: Alberni RCMP inspector living his childhood dream

Inspector Mac Richards has a long history with law enforcement and Port Alberni, dating back to his childhood.

Port Alberni RCMP Inspector Mac Richards.

Ask a young boy what he wants to be when he grows up and chances are “policeman” or “fireman” will be one of the top two responses.

That rang true for Mac Richards who also thought about being a paramedic, perhaps influenced by his mother, who was a nurse. However, a law enforcement career won out in the end.

“From when I was five or six-years old, it was already something I identified,” Richards said, who is Port Alberni’s RCMP detachment commander. “Growing up, my mother kept a portfolio for each grade and in it, there was something about what do you want to do when you grow up and this is what consistently came up over the years.”

Richards grew up in Coquitlam and had an uncle who was a policeman in another part of B.C. Inspired by what his uncle did, Richards started volunteering for the local Coquitlam detachment, which solidified his future career.

“Part of it was a sense of helping people and a sense of what’s right and insuring, making sure that’s taken care of in a community,” Richards said, explaining his career choice. “It’s a challenge no doubt.”

Richards started his career in Saskatchewan and worked at four detachments in his 16 years there. He then moved to Alberta for seven years, where he worked at two detachments.

Last October, Richard moved his family from Morinville to Port Alberni and was promoted from staff sergeant to inspector.

“It was an opportunity to come home, or closer to home,” Richards said, explaining his decision to make the move, adding that his two brothers and two sisters all live in B.C., mostly in the Lower Mainland. “The opportunity to live on Vancouver Island is something a person can’t pass up too often.”

However, moving his family to Port Alberni may be a homecoming of sorts. He remembered visiting Sproat Lake and going to the bathtub races in Nanaimo when he was a child. He also spent his honeymoon touring the island with his wife Shannon.

Outside of the office and away from all the paperwork he despises but comes with the job, Richards spends his free time either being a homebody or going outdoors.

He recently returned from a weekend camping trip to Comox with his family and he plans to explore Vancouver Island with more camping trips through out the summer.

On the homebody front, the last movie Richards watched was the original Psycho by Alfred Hitchcock and it was with his daughter Jocelynne, who is finishing Grade 8. They watched the movie so she could see the story behind the new television show, Bates Motel.

Also on the homebody front, the last book Richards read was Good to Great. A book about how companies transition from being average to great and how companies can fail to make the transition.

Just Posted

Port Alberni city council to ‘stay on course’ for five-year budget plan

Next budget meeting is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 29 at 6 p.m

Alberni businesses nominated for Island excellence

Coulson Ice Blast, Port Posh Wash, the Blue Marlin Inn and Totem… Continue reading

BCHL: Speedy left winger commits to Bulldogs

Forward Ethan Jang will be suiting up for the 2018-19 season

Rollin Art Centre open now

Make sure to renew your Community Arts Council membership

BCHL: Bulldogs take the ice after trade deadline

Alberni team picked up one loss, one win with new roster

Parksville MakerSpace members ride the rails

New room added for model train enthusiasts; workshop set for Jan. 21

World’s fastest log car made in B.C. sells for $350,000 US

Cedar Rocket auctioned off three times at Barrett-Jackson Co., netting $350,000 US for veterans

Bad timing: Shutdown spoils Trump’s one-year festivities

Trump spends day trying to hash out a deal with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

Woman in Nanaimo buys $70 worth of ice cream with allegedly stolen debit card

Purchase said to have occurred on Jan. 11 at 2 a.m. at Nicol General Store

RCMP nail sex toy thief

Shop owner plays a role in arrest

Ice-cream-eating bear draws controversy

An Alberta Wildlife Park posted a video this week of one of their bears going through a Dairy Queen drive-through

Fernie, RCMP go to court over city log books in fatal ammonia leak probe

Log books center stage in clashing of investigations between the city and RCMP

Renowned Comox Valley sasquatch researcher passes away

A renowned biologist and leading Canadian sasquatch researcher who called the Comox… Continue reading

B.C.’s biggest pot plant planned for Oliver

Co-founder Tony Holler said the 700,000 sq. ft. facility would produce 100,000 kg of pot per year

Most Read