Trapper Metallic is the new Chief of Police for the Listuguj Police Department (LPD). He was appointed on Feb. 6.
“This is a position I was never really considering this early in my career,” he said in an interview with the Nujignua’tegeg.
With the unexpected passing of former Chief of Police Henry Vicaire, the position opened up internally.
Metallic has been with the LPD for the majority of his career, starting when he was 17 years-old.
For a brief period, he tried post-secondary school, but realized it wasn’t for him. He started volunteering again with the LPD. When the opportunity came up to train with RCMP, he took it. Once he graduated from that, he came back to Listuguj as a full fledged police officer, and has been here ever since.
“I’ve had the opportunity to experience various positions within this organization, from the operational standpoint, to the administration organization,” he said.
He went from a Patrol Officer, to a Sergeant, to an Investigator. He was in that role for nearly two years, before submitting his name for consideration as the Chief of Police.
“I definitely was reluctant and waited until the 11th hour really to submit my name,” he said. “I felt that the Chief of Police position – it encompasses so many things for the community, for the detachment – on all different levels. It’s a position that’s a hefty one to fill.”
After process concluded, Trapper was chosen to succeed Vicaire.
“It’s just humbling to succeed such a good man,” he said.
“It’s been an emotional journey for me due to all the personal relationships … I was very, very close to [Vicaire],” he said. “A lot of teachings I learned from him. I’m very humbled to be designated as the Chief of Police for this community … I’m looking forward to whatever this position’s challenges throws at me, we’ll take it head on.”