In a change of command ceremony and parade Thursday, the British Columbia RCMP swore in its new top cop.
Dept. Comm. Jennifer Strachan took up the role of E Division commanding officer, replacing Dept. Comm. Brenda Butterworth-Carr, who was appointed to the role in March, 2017.
Butterworth-Carr is leaving the RCMP to take a job as the provincial government’s director of police services.
Strachan, a 30-year veteran with 14 years in front-line positions in B.C., has served as Deputy Commissioner responsible for Specialized Policing Services since September 2018.
B.C. RCMP Deputy Commissioner Jennifer Strachan, seen here in her previous role as Criminal Operations Officer for RCMP’s “O” Division in Ontario on Feb. 3, 2015. Strachan has released a statement promising a “fulsome review” and further actions in the wake of a 2012 interrogation of a teenage sexual assault victim that sparked outrage over the interrogating officer’s conduct.
She has worked in multiple administrative positions at both the provincial and national level, and has a peacekeeping background — both in a deployment to Haiti and as desk officer responsible for deployments to the Balkans.
Strachan’s resume includes stints in command of the National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre, leadership of the Montreal Drug Section and command of O Division, Ontario.
She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Ottawa and a Master’s Degree from Victoria’s Royal Roads University.
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