Biography of Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens
Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens
Commanding Officer of
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in September 1985. Over the course of his service he has been assigned to duties ranging from General Duty to Major Crime and from Federal Drug Enforcement to Criminal Operations throughout British Columbia.
He was first posted in Prince George, British Columbia and he received his first promotion in 1995 when he became the Detachment Commander of Wells Detachment. He was transferred to Kamloops Detachment in 1997 and later promoted to Sergeant. In 2002 he was commissioned to the rank of Inspector as the Operations Officer E Division Drug Enforcement Branch. Two years later he would serve in the RCMP’s largest detachment, Surrey Detachment, for five years as the Investigative Services Officer as both an Inspector and Superintendent. In 2009 he served as the Lower Mainland District Operations Officer and was promoted to rank of C/Supt. Then in 2009 he moved to E Division Headquarters to become the Deputy Criminal Operations Officer (Contract Policing) for the Province of BC.
Prior to his appointment as Commanding Officer of E Division, he served as the Officer in Charge of Criminal Operations. In 2013, Deputy Commissioner Callens was appointed to the Order of Merit of the Police Forces.
Deputy Commissioner Callens was born in Ottawa and raised in Saskatchewan. He is the third of four generations of RCMP members in the Callens family. He is married to RCMP Sergeant Joanne Callens and is the proud father of a daughter, Constable Courtney Callens, and a son Constable Taylor Callens.
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