Sergeant Cate Rigaux is enjoying her first posting as a sergeant with the RCMP.
Rigaux, who arrived in the community in early December, says there is a very good group of people working at the Estevan detachment. She has found Estevan to be very busy, but also a very nice and friendly community.
“It's pretty much what I expected,” said Rigaux. “Having come from eastern Alberta, I expected that industries, such as oil and agriculture, were going to play an important role.”
The RCMP has handled a variety of crimes since she arrived, ranging from Criminal Code offences, such as impaired driving, to drug-related infractions.
“It presents growth opportunities and challenges for myself and for the other members in the detachment,” said Rigaux. “It's been a very good learning opportunity.”
Rigaux brings a wealth of experience to Estevan. She started working at a small, four-person detachment in B.C.'s Kooteney region. From there, she went to a much larger detachment in another B.C. community, Kamloops, where she started on general duty, but eventually switched to property crimes, sex crimes and serious crimes.
The next two detachments she worked at were in B.C.'s Lower Mainland.
“From Kamloops, I went to INSET, which is the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team, out of Surrey,” said Rigaux.
Then she was at the RCMP detachment in White Rock, where she was a watch commander and a plain clothes general investigations section commander.
Her most recent posting was as the detachment commander in Oyen, Alberta, which is near the Alberta-Saskatchewan border.
Rigaux was promoted to sergeant when she took the job in Estevan. She said she wanted to come to the Energy City because she knew it would be a great learning experience.
“My husband and I love southern Alberta and southern Saskatchewan, so when the opportunity came to apply for a position down here, I jumped all over it,” said Rigaux.
There is family history of serving with the military and with the police, so she found that a career as a police officer came natural to her.
“The opportunity to make a difference and serve the public, whether it's through military service or through policing, is something that appealed to me,” said Rigaux. “I've been able to do that, through a lot of positions, throughout my career.
“It's very satisfying when you get families coming to you and saying 'Thank you for helping us,' or 'Thank you for doing what you did.' Those are the days that make everything worthwhile.”
Rigaux said she is looking forward to spending time in Estevan, and getting to know the community and its residents.