Commanding Officer

Assistant Commissioner Ches W. Parsons, Newfoundland and Labrador

Assistant Commissioner Ches W. ParsonsAssistant Commissioner Ches W. Parsons became the 19th Commanding Officer of RCMP Newfoundland and Labrador in October, 2018. This posting brings him back home to Newfoundland and Labrador. He grew up in the community of Curling on the west coast. He graduated from Herdman Collegiate in Corner Brook and then from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree prior to attending the RCMP Academy at Depot in Regina, Saskatchewan.

His 31-year career with the RCMP has brought him to Alberta, the Northwest Territories, Ontario, and internationally on deployments into Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Far East. He has worked extensively with diverse populations, serving Canadians in a variety of capacities. He worked for many years with First Nations and Métis communities in Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Assistant Commissioner Parsons' operational policing roles have included Serious and Organized Crime, National Security, and Major Crimes. He was also a member and Team Commander of the Emergency Response Team in Yellowknife for some ten years. He has worked in the field of national security for the past 17 years, most recently as the Director General of Federal Policing National Security.

Assistant Commissioner Parsons is a life-long volunteer. He has been active in community service in all his postings and he is a proud member of the Royal Canadian Legion.

His appointment to lead the RCMP in Newfoundland and Labrador is the high water mark of his distinguished career.

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