The federal government has named Michael Duheme as the interim commissioner of the RCMP.
Currently deputy commissioner, Duheme will be taking on RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki’s position, as today is her last day on the job. Embattled commissioner Lucki announced last month that she was retiring, in what she called a “personal decision.”
In a statement, Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino announced his interim pick, while the search for a permanent leader continues.
“I have every confidence 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.
Duheme, who was previously responsible for the RCMP’s federal policing program, testified next to Lucki during the Public Order Emergency Commission (POEC) late last year.
According to his RCMP biography, Duheme has been an RCMP officer for more than 34 years. From Quebec, he’s also served on a Kosovo peacekeeping mission, has been a VIP protection officer, and director of the Parliamentary Protective Service.
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