#YourRCMPNL – Constables Bradley Rumbolt and Andrea Cumby of Natuashish RCMP
November 23, 2021
Husband and wife duo, Constables Bradley Rumbolt and Andrea Cumby are currently posted to the RCMP Natuashish Detachment. The couple, who are both indigenous and originally from Mary’s Harbour, have been together for 29 years! Not only do they work well together at home, having raised two boys, they also work very well together at work.
With previous postings in Canora and Onion Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan, both officers thoroughly enjoy Indigenous community policing, sharing their cultures and traditions with others and learning new ones.
Brad noted that being Indigenous, and having grown up in a small isolated community, gives him a better understanding of the struggles experienced by some Indigenous people today. He prides himself on being able to connect with his community members and enjoys the closeness of being part of a smaller community. On his days off, he enjoys teaching survival skills to youth; hunting, fishing and berry picking on the land with locals; and interacting with the elders, lending a hand when needed. Just this past summer, an elder, who was diagnosed with cancer, was not feeling well enough to make his fishing net to catch char for the winter. Brad gathered all the man’s materials, made his net and returned it to him ready for fishing. The man was so thankful and Brad was just happy to be able to help. This winter, Brad will offer a traditional skills class at the school in Natuashish where he will teach children how to make and repair fishing nets.
Andrea prides herself on being heavily involved in the community: “I like to do my part to show that we are here and that we are truly interested in becoming a part of the community. We have both made many lasting friendships and we are here to support one another.” Andrea enjoys interacting with children in the community and has participated in boating trips with the youth to Davis Inlet, as well as attending the community’s youth cultural week. She enjoys playing games at the Healing Lodge with other women in the community and is in the process of setting up and hosting a paint night.
Both officers work closely with Natuashish Community Safety Officers, who they say work diligently on community safety and play a vital role in First Nations Policing and connecting police with the community. Both Brad and Andrea say their favorite things about Natuashish include the breathtaking scenery, the traditional ceremonies and cultural events, the sharing of knowledge and traditional skills and, of course, the wonderful people. They both will continue to work in partnership with the community and community leaders to ensure they provide dedicated, professional and culturally responsive policing.
Constables Brad Rumbolt and Andrea Cumby are proud to be Your RCMP NL.
Corporal Jolene Garland
Media Relations Officer