New Halifax RCMP spokesperson hails from Hants

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Cpl. Greg Church, originally of Upper Vaughan, is the new media relations officer for the Halifax District RCMP.

The newest media relations officer for the Halifax District RCMP has travelled the country for work, but always kept Hants County close to his heart.

Cpl. Greg Church, originally of Upper Vaughan, joined the RCMP in 1989 after serving six years with the Canadian Forces fresh out of Windsor Regional High School.

“It’s something that I’ve always wanted to do and although the work is extremely demanding, it is more rewarding,” said Church.

“Even though the cons are ugly, the pros outweigh the cons tenfold.”

Church completed his first posting in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland. In 1995, the father of two learned his family of four would soon experience Northern isolated living as residents of Nain, Labrador.

“Once you’re there, you’re there,” said Church, referring to the fly-in community he called home for two years.

Everyday essentials were harder to come by in the remote community with no big box retail outlets or grocery stores.

Church recalls a single banana costing $2 and a 20-pound turkey ringing in at almost $300 in Nain’s sparsely stocked general store.

Moreover, crime seemed to have a greater impact on the tightknit town where everybody knew everybody.

“When you are dealing with that in an environment where you can never leave, the magnitude of a crime seems to get worse and worse as time goes on,” said Church.

Church was transferred to Lunenburg following his memorable stint of service in Labrador.

“I was so glad to come back home again. It was an amazing feeling to be able to work in my home province,” Church said.

He started working at the Yarmouth Town detachment in 2004, and in 2007 accepted a job as the Nova Scotia RCMP Community Policing Analyst in Halifax.

Now settling into his role as a new media relations officer, Church hopes to see more stories about the good work the RCMP do behind the scenes making headlines.

Though Church sees his travels as a member of the RCMP as the highlight of his career, he’s hoping to be home for good.

Visits to Hants County take him back to the days he raced down Ski Martock with friends in the winter, and went canoeing or swimming in Lake Mockingee in the summer.

“Growing up in a farming community, to me, is the best experience that any child could ever have,” said Church.

Organizations: RCMP, Cpl. Greg Church, Canadian Forces Windsor Regional High School Yarmouth Town Nova Scotia RCMP Community Policing Analyst

Geographic location: Hants County, Labrador, Nain Lake Mockingee

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