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My opportunity to give back’: Commissioner Lucki outlines her vision for the RCMP – RCMP Gazette

by ahnationtalk on May 16, 2018107 Views

Commissioner Brenda Lucki’s career has taken her from drug investigations in Granby, Quebec, to a United Nations Protection Force mission in the former Yugoslavia. She has trained peacekeepers and instructed at Depot, the RCMP’s police academy, and held numerous operations roles in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta before being named the commanding officer of Depot. Commr. Lucki sat with Gazette editor Katherine Aldred to talk about her vision for the organization and what she considers her best role yet.

What led you to apply for the job of Commissioner?

Well, I’ve always been attracted to jobs where I can evoke positive change and it’s followed me in my career. I honestly thought when I was the commanding officer at Depot, I’d been given the greatest gift. And I was proven wrong because now I actually have the greatest gift of all. And I think I’ve been so lucky throughout my career and the RCMP has given me so much. This is now my opportunity to give back to my organization.

In your first address, you pledged to modernize the RCMP. What does that mean to you?

I divide it into two things: people and communities. For me, to modernize, I have to ensure we have enough resources and we have the right resources to do the job. We have to ensure our people are fairly compensated, we have to make sure our employees are healthy both physically and mentally, we have to keep Canadians safe and we have to build the trust within our communities and with Indigenous peoples. That’s how we need to modernize.

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