New Detachment Commander for Whitehorse RCMP

September 22, 2017
Whitehorse, Yukon

News release


Inspector Keith MacKinnon, new Detachment Commander, Whitehorse RCMP
Former Whitehorse RCMP Detachment Commander, Supt. Archie Thompson, welcoming Inspector Keith Mackinnon to Whitehorse. An RCMP vehicle is seen in the background.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Yukon is pleased to welcome Inspector Keith MacKinnon as the new Detachment Commander for Whitehorse RCMP.

This spring, following a selection process that included input from community leaders, Insp. Keith MacKinnon was chosen as the new Detachment Commander for Whitehorse RCMP.

Insp. Mackinnon replaces Insp. Archie Thompson, who had been in the position since 2014. Insp. Thompson was recently promoted to the rank of Superintendent and accepted a position with the RCMP in Newfoundland & Labrador earlier this summer.

"On behalf of the Yukon RCMP, I would like to welcome Inspector MacKinnon to Whitehorse, and thank Superintendent Thompson for all his hard work and dedication to numerous priorities in M Division over the past three years," said Superintendent Brian Jones, Officer in Charge of Criminal Operations. "I would also like to express my appreciation to Sergeant Dave Wallace and Sergeant Ian Fraser for their leadership at Whitehorse Detachment throughout the summer months."

Insp. MacKinnon comes to us from Amherst, Nova Scotia ("H" Division), where he was a Staff Sergeant in charge of Cumberland County District. He grew up in the Maritimes, and joined the RCMP in 1989, after studying science at Dalhousie University in Halifax. He has 28 years of service with the organization, 18 of which were spent working in Newfoundland & Labrador, mainly in rural detachments.

Through the years, Insp. MacKinnon has worked on a wide variety of community safety initiatives, including many drug enforcement and awareness projects. This includes working on the Canadian Champions program, which involved engaging youth and creating a 25-minute video featuring 19 well-known Canadian athletes and celebrities talking about the importance of being drug-free.

"My family and I are excited to be here in Whitehorse. We've been posted to the north before, in Labrador, and we really missed the northern experience," said Insp. MacKinnon. "I'm looking forward to getting involved in the community, and eager to start working with a number of groups and partners to deliver a quality policing service to the people of Whitehorse."

Insp. Mackinnon recently arrived in the Yukon and began his new duties at Whitehorse RCMP on Monday, September 18th.


Contact information

Yukon RCMP Media Relations

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