New female top cop at RCMP's Training Academy

The RCMP Depot Division in Regina has a new commander: Chief Superintendent Louise Lafrance.
A change of command ceremony took place at RCMP Depot Division in Regina July 10, with Chief Superintendent Louise Lafrance taking over as the new top cop. (Bonnie Allen/CBC)

The RCMP Depot Division in Regina is welcoming a new commanding officer.

Chief Superintendent Louise Lafrance took over in a colourful ceremony Wednesday morning on the training academy's parade grounds.

Louise Lafrance, the new commanding officer at RCMP Depot Division in Regina. (RCMP)

Lafrance received her RCMP training at the academy in 1985.

After that, she was posted in Ontario where she worked in various sections including traffic, general investigations, VIP security and major events.

At one point, she worked on the security detail of the Governor General.

Lafrance returned to Depot Division as a training officer in 2010.

Lafrance replaces outgoing Commanding Officer, Assistant Commissioner Roger L. Brown.

"It's absolutely great," Lafrance said of her new role. "I came here three years ago and the life at Depot, in Regina, and in Saskatchewan is really fit for me. I'm really happy here at Depot, and it means the world to me."