The RCMP in Saskatchewan has a new commanding officer with roots that stretch across the country.
Brenda Butterworth-Carr is from Dawson City, Yukon. In a release Wednesday from the RCMP, she was named Commanding Officer of F Division, which includes all of Saskatchewan.
Butterworth-Carr is a mother of three and a member of the Tr’ondek Hwech’in Han Nation. She already has more than 25 years experience in policing. Butterworth-Carr started her career after finishing high school as a summer student in Whitehorse. She joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1987 as a Native Special Constable.
She spent years working in Yukon and became a corporal in 1999. Since that time Butterworth-Carr has had a remarkable career serving in British Columbia, Ontario and Saskatchewan.
While working in Ottawa, she was the first woman to lead the national bureau for aboriginal policing and crime prevention services.
She is also the first aboriginal woman ever promoted to the rank of Chief Superintendent within the RCMP. She was also the first female officer to take charge of the detachment in Prince George, B.C. and was also named female superintendent in the Pacific region.
A change of command ceremony is scheduled to take place later this year in Regina.