Staff Sergeant Dave Herman assumed command of the Ladysmith RCMP July 31 following the departure of his predecessor

Staff Sergeant Dave Herman assumed command of the Ladysmith RCMP July 31 following the departure of his predecessor

New leadership for Ladysmith RCMP

Staff Sergeant Dave Herman assumes command of Ladysmith force in wake of Larry Chomyn's departure.

A recent change of leadership at the Ladysmith RCMP brought a new top cop to town earlier this summer.

Staff Sgt. Dave Herman — a former watch commander with the Nanaimo RCMP — has served as Ladysmith’s new detachment commander since July 31, he said.

Herman stepped in when Staff Sgt. Larry Chomyn left his post six weeks ago to assume command of the West Shore RCMP, a position that earned Chomyn a promotion to the rank of Inspector.

Ladysmith’s new commander in chief described his family as having longstanding ties to Vancouver Island and to Nanaimo before revealing how his childhood was defined in large part by the province’s timber industry.

“I grew up as a small boy entirely in logging camps on Vancouver Island and the Queen Charlotte Islands until I was 11 years old,” Herman explained. “And then we moved down to Port Alberni, where I did the bulk of my schooling.”

At the age of 16, Herman took on logging as a form of summer employment and it would remain his primary source of revenue as he worked his way through high school and university.

By the time he graduated from the University of Victoria with a bachelor of arts — “I majored in sociology and history,” Herman explained — he had eight years’ worth of logging experience under his belt. Rather than live the life of a full-time lumberman, though, Herman opted to join the Mounties instead.

Herman signed up with the RCMP in 1980 during an era when “the rule was that you don’t come back [from training] to serve in your home province,” he said.

That led Herman to spend the first six years of his policing career in Red Deer, Alta.

In 1986, Herman transferred to “a three-man post” in Fort Vermillion, a remote trapping community on the Slave River in north-central Alberta.

Two years later, Herman traded snares and pelts for boots and spurs when he moved to Pincher Creek, a farming and ranching hub in southwestern Alberta.

Herman spent the next five years patrolling Pincher Creek, “the cowboy town of cowboy towns,” before transferring to Calgary in 1993 to join the RCMP’s General Investigations Section (GIS).

Shortly after his arrival, Herman’s section morphed into a Major Crimes Unit responsible for homicide investigations throughout southern Alberta.

Solving murders would serve as Herman’s mainstay until 2000 when he accepted a position with the North Vancouver RCMP’s Serious Crime Unit, a predecessor of the RCMP’s Integrated Homicide Investigation Team.

In 2002, he returned to uniformed policing when he was promoted to a post in Port Hardy, a fishing and logging hub on northern Vancouver Island Herman described as “a northern version of Ladysmith.”

Herman left Port Hardy in 2006 to serve as a watch commander in Campbell River. He then returned to investigative work the following year when he joined Port Alberni’s GIS division, a detail that would see Herman focus on serious crime, drug enforcement and homicides from December 2007 through December 2010.

A watch commander’s position with the Nanaimo RCMP served as the next stop on Herman’s career path. Working two-day, two-night shifts for two and a half years, Herman was “in charge of all the operational members out on the road and a good portion of the investigative side,” he said.

Herman views his arrival in Ladysmith as a fortunate turn of events.

“I have always had an interest in being a detachment commander,” Herman explained, “and I have now been given an opportunity to do so.”

Under Herman’s command is a staff of 12 uniformed officers including two Corporal supervisors, one First Nations Policing Program officer and nine “general duty” officers.

Herman’s first impressions of the detachment’s public outreach programs are largely positive — “the detachment was left to me in pretty good shape,” he explained ­ but he sees room for improvement.

“I definitely want to see the First Nations Policing Program expanded,” Herman added. “And I want to build on strengthening the relationships between the RCMP and the First Nations communities, in particular out on Penelakut.”

 

Just Posted

(File photo)
Poverty reduction survey identifies 10 poverty themes

Poverty reduction plan will be finalized in July 2021

Nanaimo-Ladysmith MP Paul Manly says he has no intentions of leaving the Green Party. (House of Commons image)
Island Green MPs have “no intention” of leaving the party after ‘heartbreaking’ departure

Manly, May only remaining Green MPs after Jenica Atwin left for the Liberals over internal disputes

New COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island by local health area for the week of May 30-June 5. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control image)
COVID-19 cases drop again almost everywhere on Vancouver Island

Nanaimo had four new cases last week, down from 22 the week before

Justine Keefer’s Cedar Elementary School Grade 6/7 class put together a student paper, as part of a school project. Pictured here Andrew Gregory, left, Felix Leduc, Addison Armstrong, Lucia Walker and Anise Dick. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
Cedar Elementary School students create their own newspaper

Grade 6/7 class publishes Wolf Pack News as part of language arts and social studies

Évangeline Laforest and Oscar McClements’ invention La Méduse (the Jellyfish) removes oil from the ocean. The invention was one of 15 out of 700 inventions submitted to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s Little Inventors contest. (Cole Schisler photo)
‘Little Inventors’ from Ladysmith showcased in national science challenge

Évangeline Laforest and Oscar McClements were one of 15 finalists in the Little Inventors Challenge

At an outdoor drive-in convocation ceremony, Mount Royal University bestows an honorary Doctor of Laws on Blackfoot Elder and residential school survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘You didn’t get the best of me’: Residential school survivor gets honorary doctorate

Clarence Wolfleg receives honorary doctorate from Mount Royal University, the highest honour the school gives out

“They will never be forgotten, every child matters,” says Sioux Valley Chief Jennifer Bone in a video statement June 1. (Screen grab)
104 ‘potential graves’ detected at site of former residential school in Manitoba

Sioux Valley Dakota Nation working to identify, repatriate students buried near former Brandon residential school

The Queen Victoria statue at the B.C. legislature was splattered with what looks like red paint on Friday. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Queen Victoria statue at B.C. legislature vandalized Friday

Statue splattered with red paint by old growth forest proponents

Police cars are seen parked outside Vancouver Police Department headquarters on Saturday, January 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver police officer charged with assault during an arrest in 2019

The service has released no other details about the allegations

Denmark’s Christian Eriksen receives medical attention after collapsing during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group B match between Denmark and Finland at Parken stadium in Copenhagen, Saturday, June 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, Pool)
Christian Eriksen in stable condition, Euro 2020 match resumes

Eriksen was given chest compressions after collapsing on the field during a European Championship

Members of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ Marine Mammal Response Program rescued an adult humpback what that was entangled in commercial fishing gear in the waters off of Entrance Island on Thursday, June 10. (Photo courtesy Marine Mammal Response Program)
Rescuers free humpback ‘anchored’ down by prawn traps off Vancouver Island

Department of Fisheries and Oceans responders spend hours untangling whale

As stories of the horrors of residential schools circulate after the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation announced it had located what are believed to be the remains of 215 children, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs said he feels a connection with the former students. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
2 sides of the same coin: Ex-foster kids identify with residential school survivors

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip says the child welfare system takes Indigenous children from their families

Nathan Watts, a member of the Tseshaht First Nation near Port Alberni, shares his story of substance use, a perspective he said isn’t seen enough. (Photo courtesy of Nathan Watts)
Public shaming, hate perpetuates further substance use: UVic researcher

Longtime addict Nathan Watts offers a user’s perspective on substance use

Most Read