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December 17, 2006 21:45 ET

Minister Oda Congratulates Interim Commissioner of The Royal Canadian Mounted Police

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 17, 2006) - The Honourable Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women Beverley Oda today congratulated Deputy Commissioner Beverley A. Busson on her appointment to serve as Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) on an interim basis:

"I am pleased that Ms. Busson will be leading the RCMP," said Minister Oda. "She has had a long and illustrious career with the RCMP since 1974 - as the first female Commissioned Officer, first female Commanding Officer, first female Deputy Commissioner, and now the first interim Commissioner of the RCMP.

Her commitment and dedication to the RCMP and her fellow citizens has been exemplary. She has received both the Commander of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces and the Order of British Columbia.

Today, I commend her achievements and congratulate her on her new appointment."

Biographical notes are attached.


Deputy Commissioner Busson was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1974. After training at Depot Division, she was stationed at a number of Detachments within British Columbia where she served in general duty and as a plainclothes investigator, investigating frauds, drugs and serious crimes. During this time, she studied Criminology at Simon Fraser University.

After graduating from the Faculty of Law, University of British Columbia, she was transferred to RCMP Headquarters, Ottawa. She was promoted to Inspector in 1992 serving at both North Battleford, Saskatchewan and Vancouver, British Columbia.

Deputy Commissioner Busson was promoted to Superintendent in 1996. In July 1997 she was transferred to Regina, Saskatchewan as the Chief Superintendent in Charge of Criminal Operations for the Province of Saskatchewan. The following year, she became the Commanding Officer AF@ Division, Province of Saskatchewan.

In May 1999, Bev Busson headed British Columbia's Organized Crime Agency until March 2000 when she became Assistant Commissioner, Commanding Officer AE@ Division. On December 6th, 2001, she was promoted to Deputy Commissioner for the Pacific Region while retaining her role as the Commanding Officer.

Deputy Commissioner Busson was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by the University College of the Fraser Valley in June of 2004. That same year she was invested as a Commander of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces. In June of 2006, Deputy Commissioner Busson was honoured with the Order of British Columbia.

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