First nations woman becomes Commanding Officer of B.C. RCMP

A first nations woman will serve as the Commanding Officer of the B.C. RCMP for the first time in the province’s history.

Brenda Butterworth-Carr will take charge of “E” Division, the largest in the country, following a selection process undertaken by the RCMP and the Province. 

The thirty-year veteran of the force, who is from the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Han Nation, Yukon, joined the RCMP in 1987.

She has served in the Yukon, National HQ, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia and has made history before.

In 2013,  Butterworth-Carr became the first ever aboriginal woman to command an RCMP division in Canada when she took charge of “F” Division in Saskatchewan.

She is a member of the B.C. 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

The mother of three is a recipient of the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals and a Member of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces.

Butterworth-Carr replaces Deputy Commissioner Craig J. Callens, who is retiring after 32-years of service.