Biography of Deputy Commissioner Brenda Butterworth-Carr
Deputy Commissioner Brenda Butterworth-Carr
Commanding Officer of
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Deputy Commissioner Brenda Butterworth-Carr is from the Tr'ondek Hwech'in Han Nation, Yukon and joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1987 as a Native Special Constable. She has served in the Yukon, National headquarters, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia. She has held many key positions such as the Assistant District Commander in BC RCMP’s North District, Officer in Charge of Prince George Detachment, and Director General of National Aboriginal Policing and Crime Prevention Services, National Criminal Operations. At that time, in 2010, she was first woman to take this post and the first Aboriginal woman to be promoted to the rank of Chief Superintendent in the RCMP. In 2013 she assumed command of the Saskatchewan RCMP, becoming the first Aboriginal woman to lead an RCMP Division. She returned to British Columbia in August of 2016, as the Officer in Charge of Criminal Operations Core Policing.
Her diverse career has provided her with a solid understanding of the provincial, municipal and First Nations service agreements and in working collaboratively with our contract partners; extensive experience in operations; management of critical incidents and crisis negotiation; crime prevention, community and Aboriginal policing; and executive leadership. She is passionate about operations, employee safety, and ensuring that employees have the proper training, equipment, and supervision to carry out their duties in a professional manner.
She holds a variety of active positions on many provincial, federal, and international committees and associations; such as, the British Columbia Association of Chiefs of Police, the chair of the National Women’s Advisory Committee, and Canadian and International Association of Chiefs of Police. Throughout her career, she has received numerous honours and awards to mark her achievements, including the Queen's Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals and Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces for her proactive work throughout Canada.
Deputy Commissioner Butterworth-Carr is taking on this role supported by her family, who are her ultimate inspiration for dedicating and committing herself to continuously learn and grow as a leader.
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