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OPP names new Detachment Commander for WN

by Isabel Mosseler
Tribune


OPP Inspector Michael Maville will soon be making West Nipissing home, as he was officially named as the new Detachment Commander of the West Nipissing detachment, which is set to take over policing in the municipality on June 6. The announcement was made May 23 by the OPP North East Region.

Maville began his career with the OPP in January of 2002, with a posting to Chapleau (Superior East). In 2006, he transferred to Thessalon (East Algoma), where he became a Detective Constable. He joined the Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (North Bay Drug Enforcement Unit) in 2008, then was promoted to Sergeant in 2012 and assigned to the North Bay Provincial Communications Centre. In May of 2016, Maville was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant and appointed as Detachment Commander to Sault Ste. Marie. He is fully bilingual (French/English).

During a brief discussion on Monday, May 27, Maville was still in Sault Ste. Marie, preparing for his transfer. He said he was excited about his new position, citing it as “a great opportunity.” Asked what compelled him to apply to West Nipissing, as he was already a Detachment Commander in Sault Ste. Marie, he said, “There are a few reasons. First and foremost I worked a long time in the area; was a member of the North Bay Drug Unit from 2008 to 2012. …Through my experience with the Drug Unit, I had a lot of opportunity to do a lot of drug work in Nipissing West… This is something I plan on bringing to the table with the already established partnerships I have with our specialized investigative services.”

He added that taking over the newly formed detachment is going to be a hefty boost in responsibility. Sault Ste. Marie has its own city police, “so we concentrate in outlying areas… [The new detachment] is going to be properly called Nipissing West, and will include Warren, Noëlville and Sudbury. I’m going from a detachment of 33 total to a detachment of almost 85… It’s a promotion for me as well.”

Inspector Maville added that his wife is originally from North Bay. “I was born in Sault Ste. Marie. My dad was a manager with Canadian Tire so we moved around a lot.” He has lived in Sault Ste. Marie, Elliot Lake, Ottawa, Grand Prairie (Alberta), Chapleau and North Bay. “I’m no stranger to relocating.” The Mavilles have two children, aged 5 and 8 years. The family will be looking for a home in the area.

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