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First woman to head Kelowna RCMP detachment is returning to her hometown

RCMP Insp. Kara Triance
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August 19, 2020 - 3:30 PM

After being born and raised in Kelowna, RCMP Insp. Kara Triance will return this fall with a promotion to superintendent in charge of Kelowna’s RCMP detachment.

She will be the first woman to fill that position.

“I have great expectations for accountability and excellence in delivering policing services,” Triance said in the news release. “I look forward to engaging the community and police officers as we set our priorities for the coming year and beyond; partnering with and committing to a safe and healthy community.”

Triance joined the RCMP in 2000 after studying sociology and criminology at UBC.

She started as a front-line officer in Richmond before moving on to postings in Bella Bella, the Vernon/North Okanagan detachment in Armstrong and Falkland, the federal Border Integrity Shiprider program and, since 2016, as the first female officer in charge of the Sea to Sky Detachment.

She will replace Supt. Brent Mundle who is moving on to a position with the Southeast Division.

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Triance is the co-chair of the B.C. Association of Chiefs of Police Diversity and Inclusion Committee and serves on the executive board for the B.C. Women in Law Enforcement Association.

“We believe Insp. Triance is the right person to see us through the social change we’re experiencing in our community, with modernized approaches to reduce crime,” Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran said in the news release today, Aug. 19. “Crime reduction requires a collaborative approach and her willingness to work with diverse groups across all areas of our community will help bring about positive change.”

She will serve as Kelowna Detachment Commander that covers the Regional District of the Central Okanagan.

“Inspector Triance has policed Indigenous communities, large and small municipalities, rural and isolated communities, as well as international waters making the diversity of her experience the perfect fit for the Kelowna Regional Detachment,” Chief Supt. Brad Haugli, South East District Commander, said in the news release. “Her years of service covers all areas of the province and all aspects of policing - municipal, provincial and federal.”

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