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May 02, 2019 Return to Headlines

New Officer-in-Charge Named for Coquitlam RCMP

by Michelle Frilund |

COQUITLAM, BC, May 2, 2019 – Inspector Annette Fellner has officially been appointed as the new Officer-In Charge for the Coquitlam RCMP. Insp. Fellner brings with her 23 years of policing experience with the RCMP, most recently as the Officer-in-Charge at the Mission RCMP.

“Our community has always received a tremendous service from our local RCMP as shown by our improving crime rates and consistently high approval rating by residents,” said Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart. “We look forward to working with Inspector Fellner and feel confident that with her qualifications and proven leadership, Coquitlam will continue to benefit from the positive working relationship between the City and the Coquitlam RCMP.”

“We are pleased to welcome Inspector Fellner to the Coquitlam RCMP. She will be a great asset to the City of Port Coquitlam and the other communities served by the detachment,” said Port Coquitlam Mayor Brad West. “Community safety is a major priority for Port Coquitlam’s City Council and we look forward to working with Inspector Fellner and her team in addressing our community’s key policing priorities.”

After joining the RCMP in 1996, Insp. Fellner’s policing career took her across the Western provinces in a diverse range of roles, including the Serious and Organized Crime Unit, the Financial Integrity and Commercial Crime Unit, a Detachment Commander to five rural communities, and a Regional District Officer. In addition to these operational roles, Insp. Fellner has been a leader and mentor to fellow police officers, and played an integral role in leading the respectful workplace and the peer-to-peer programs for the Manitoba RCMP. 

“I cannot be more pleased about the news that Insp. Fellner will be taking the helm as Officer-in Charge at the Coquitlam RCMP,” said retired Superintendent Sean Maloney. “It has truly been an honour to sit in that chair for four years and it brings me much comfort as I head into retirement knowing that the detachment will be in such good hands. Insp. Fellner brings with her a unique blend of both urban and rural policing as well as extensive experience in resolving complex community social problems that will serve this jurisdiction well.”

“I am honoured for the opportunity to lead the women and men at the Coquitlam RCMP who exemplify excellence in policing on a daily basis,” said Insp. Annette Fellner. “I am looking forward to starting my new chapter with the RCMP and being part of the strong team that contributes to the safety and security of Anmore, Belcarra, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and the Kwikwetlem First Nation.”

Insp. Fellner’s start date has not yet been confirmed but is anticipated in early summer 2019. In the meantime, Inspector Julie Drotar will continue as the Acting Officer-in-Charge.

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Media contacts:

City of Coquitlam:
Michelle Frilund
Senior Communications & Engagement Specialist
mfrilund@coquitlam.ca
604-927-3020
City of Port Coquitlam :
Kristen Dixon
Chief Administrative Officer
dixonk@portcoquitlam.ca
604-927-5414
 

 

BACKGROUNDER

Biography – Inspector Annette Fellner

Inspector Annette Fellner joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1996 and was first posted to the Surrey Detachment as a general duty constable. She has served in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba in multiple roles including time spent as a Detachment Commander to five rural communities and most recently as the Officer-in-Charge (OIC) of Mission Detachment.

She has taken on roles in the Financial Integrity and Commercial Crime Unit as Team Commander leading investigations into identity theft, mortgage fraud and Ponzi schemes. Insp. Fellner was also a senior investigator in the Serious and Organized Crime Unit in Manitoba where she led high-profile investigations providing oversight, supervision and development guidance on major projects. Prior to her role as OIC of Mission, Insp. Fellner was posted to the position of Regional Duty Officer providing advice and counsel to detachments throughout the Lower Mainland.

An overriding theme in Insp. Fellner’s career has been her role as a leader and mentor to fellow police officers, which included an assignment to the RCMP Academy, “Depot” Division in Regina, Saskatchewan where she was responsible for the development of future regular members during their initial police training. In consultation with the Commanding Officer of D-Division, Insp. Fellner led the respectful workplace program in Manitoba. She also established that Division’s Peer-to-Peer system providing high-level advice to the province’s most senior police officers.​