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New Commanding Officer appointed for the British Columbia RCMP

This afternoon the RCMP held a change of Command of Command ceremony in Surrey to welcome Deputy Commissioner Jennifer Strachan as the new Commanding Officer of the BC RCMP.

Deputy Commissioner Strachan succeeds Deputy Commissioner Brenda Butterworth-Carr, who retired after 30 years in the service.

“Deputy Commissioner Strachan is an accomplished leader with unparalleled policing experience, and a passion for supporting others,” says Commissioner Brenda Lucki. “I have no doubt she will continue serve our employees and the residents of British Columbia with dedication and compassion as their new Commanding Officer.”

“I would also like to recognize Deputy Commissioner Butterworth-Carr for her time as Commanding Officer of the BC RCMP. She energized and united people across the Division, made time to meet with frontline employees face-to-face — recognizing their accomplishments, hearing their concerns, and advocating for their needs. She made sure employees had the support and resources they needed to do their jobs safely and effectively,” added Commissioner Lucki.

Deputy Commissioner Strachan was born and raised in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley. She joined the RCMP in 1988 and spent 14 years working across BC in Whistler, Colwood and Langford, and BC RCMP Headquarters. She was commissioned in 2002 to the role of Executive Officer to the Deputy Commissioner of Corporate Management & Comptrollership and since then some of her postings have included: Officer in Charge of the National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre; Detective Inspector in Charge of Montreal Drug Section; and, Officer in Charge of Operational Policy and Programs in Contract & Indigenous Policing at National Headquarters. She served as a District Commander, Criminal Operations Officer, and as the Commanding Officer in “O” Division, Ontario.

D/Commr. Strachan holds an Undergraduate degree from the University of Ottawa as well as a Master’s degree from Royal Roads University. She is a graduate of the Canadian Police College Executive Development in Policing program and is an Alumni of the Leadership in Counter Terrorism Association. She is a proud recipient of the 2014 Ontario Women in Law Enforcement – Mentor of the Year award as well as the 2014 International Association of Women Police – Mentor of the Year award. In 2016, she was invested as an Officer of the Order of Merit for Police Forces (O.O.M) by the Governor General of Canada.

“This ceremony pays tribute to the leadership of two very distinguished women. On behalf of all British Columbians, we congratulate the BC RCMP’s new Commanding Officer, Deputy Commissioner Jennifer Strachan, whose more than 30 years of service and diverse operational experience will serve the BC RCMP and the citizens of this province very well. And thank you to outgoing Commanding Officer, Brenda Butterworth-Carr for your strong and effective leadership and over 30 years of service to the RCMP. Your skills and experience will continue to improve public safety in your role as Assistant Deputy Minister and Director of Police Services. I wish you both continued success, you’ve broken new ground and your determination and courage has paved the way for women who have joined the force since, and that’s something to celebrate,” says Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General.

“Having the chance to come home to British Columbia, to where I began my career with the RCMP, is an amazing opportunity. I am looking forward to working closely with all BC RCMP employees, to meeting and collaborating with our stakeholders and partners, and continuing to build on the strong legacy and foundation that Deputy Commissioner Butterworth-Carr created in her time as the Commanding Officer of the BC RCMP,” says Deputy Commissioner Jennifer Strachan, Commanding Officer of the BC RCMP.

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