Prime Minister Justin Trudeau named Brenda Lucki as Canada’s first permanent female RCMP commissioner Friday in Regina.
Trudeau was joined by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale to make the announcement at the RCMP depot training centre in Saskatchewan as a symbolic gesture that the force is ready to make a culture change. In her first public remarks as the incoming 24th RCMP commissioner, Lucki said she is humbled by the appointment, and outlined her vision for a more diverse RCMP.
The job posting said the next commissioner will also have to demonstrate their knowledge of Canada’s “Indigenous culture and a sensitivity to the issues relevant to the diversity of the Canadian population.”
The replacement for Bob Paulson, who retired at the end of June 2017, was chosen by a six-woman, three-man committee led by Frank McKenna, former premier of New Brunswick who served as Canada’s ambassador to the United States.
Lucki, the commanding officer of Regina’s Depot division, joined the RCMP in 1986. She served in the former Yugoslavia and helped train and select police units for the UN civilian police mission in Haiti.
Born and raised in Edmonton, Lucki received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Alberta. She also has a UN medal for bravery and a record of improving relations with Indigenous communities.