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Butterworth-Carr becomes B.C.’s top cop

RCMP Assistant Commissioner Brenda Butterworth-Carr

She spent some time commanding the RCMP in Prince George. Now she’s going to spend some time commanding all the RCMP in British Columbia.

Assistant Commissioner Brenda Butterworth-Carr has been appointed as the commanding officer for the RCMP in British Columbia, following a selection process jointly undertaken by the RCMP and the province. Butterworth-Carr replaces Deputy Commissioner Craig J. Callens, who is retiring after 32 years in the service, including five years as commanding officer.

Butterworth-Carr, who is from the Tr’ondek Hwech’in Han Nation in the Yukon, joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1987 as a Native Special Constable. She has served in the Yukon, National HQ, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia. She has held many key positions such as the Assistant District Commander in “E” Division’s North District, Officer in Charge of Prince George Detachment, and Director General of National Aboriginal Policing and Crime Prevention Services, National Criminal Operations. She served as the Criminal Operations Officer and then the Commanding Officer in Saskatchewan prior to returning to British Columbia in August of 2016 as the Officer in Charge of Criminal Operations Core Policing.

Butterworth-Carr holds a variety of active positions in provincial, federal, and international committees and associations, including as a member of the British Columbia Association of Chiefs of Police, the chair of the RCMP’s National Women’s Advisory Committee, and a member of the Canadian and International Association of Chiefs of Police. She was invested as a Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces for her proactive work throughout Canada.

She is taking on this role supported by Errol, and their adult sons Paul, Kyle and Devon.

Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Morris, and a former commander for the North District, is pleased with the appointment

“Policing is no ordinary career. It takes courage, determination and perseverance,” he said. “Years ago, when I first met Brenda Butterworth-Carr, I was immediately struck by her professional and personal integrity and passion for public safety. I’ve observed her progression over the years as a leader in the RCMP and continue to be impressed. As someone who has worked closely with Brenda and followed her career over the last 29 years, I couldn’t be more pleased by her appointment and we look forward to working with her.”


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