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Michael Duheme named Lucki’s interim RCMP replacement

The federal government has appointed Michael Duhame as interim RCMP commissioner, taking on the role while the search continues to find a permanent replacement for Brenda Luckie.

Currently, Deputy Commissioner Duem’s first day will be tomorrow, as today is Lucky’s last on the job.

The embattled commissar announced last month that he was retiring after nearly 40 years in the military, which Luke called a “personal decision.”

In a statement, Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino announced his interim selection while the search for a permanent leader continues.

“I am confident that his extensive experience in policing across the country and around the world has prepared him well to lead our national police force,” Mendicino said.

Although Luckey publicly announced his departure a month ago, Mendicino is still promising more details about the process to identify the next commissioner “in due course.”

Duhame was previously responsible for the RCMP’s federal policing program, which manages the enforcement of federal laws, the collection of criminal intelligence, the investigation of national security matters, the provision of security for major events and the implementation of protective policing operations, the type of security for Prime Minister Justin. Trudeau and other senior officials receive.

He testified alongside Lackey during the Public Order Emergency Commission (POEC) late last year. telling the committee that during the Freedom Column protests, it was his responsibility to ensure that Lackey had the appropriate information to brief deputy ministers and cabinet members and to coordinate requests for additional resources.

Most recently, Duhame addressed lawmakers investigating foreign interference, where he said the federal police had not received any “working intelligence” it would lead to an investigation into allegations of meddling by Beijing.

“Deputy Commissioner Duhame has had a distinguished career with the RCMP, serving Canadians in four provinces for more than three decades,” Mendicino said.

Agreed his RCMP biography, Duhem has been an RCMP officer for over 34 years. Originally from Quebec, he began his career on general duty in Nova Scotia, but also served in the Kosovo Peacekeeping Mission, was a VIP protection officer and was a former director of the Parliamentary Protection Service.

“He strives to empower RCMP officers to create value for the communities the RCMP serves, both domestically and abroad. He believes that the increasing sophistication of crime can be effectively countered by improving an organization’s ability to respond to threats in collaboration with its internal and external partners. “, says his biography.

Taking on the role as the national police force celebrates its 150th anniversary, Duhame takes the helm at a time when serious questions are being raised about the future of the RCMP and the continued work needed to address and reform the system over the years.

Saying the RCMP has an “extraordinary history,” Trudeau acknowledged the challenges facing the police force during a news conference Friday.

“From the Emergency Act Commission report to the upcoming mass casualty commission report in Nova Scotia, there are many experts leaning in and thinking about the best way to ensure Canadians are safe with the best possible policing across the country.” Trudeau said:

“And as we move forward with the search for a new permanent RCMP commissioner … I can assure you that we are looking very hard at how to ensure that the RCMP can continue to offer the best services to Canadians from coast to coast to coast.”

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