Commanding Officer

Martin Roach

Assistant Commissioner Martin Roach, C Division Commanding Officer

On August 23, 2023, Assistant Commissioner Martin Roach, 53, was named C Division's 31st Commanding Officer since 1920.

A diverse background

Martin Roach is from Montérégie. With origins from Trinidad and Tobago, he comes from a long line of police officers from father to son. After obtaining a bachelor's degree in criminology and substance abuse from the Université de Montréal, he worked at youth centres for four years before joining the RCMP in 1997. He has over 26 years of policing experience, including as Acting Commanding Officer of C Division and Acting Criminal Operations Officer.

He began his policing career as a patrol officer in British Columbia. He then joined the Prime Minister's Protective Detail in Ottawa. In this role, he was able to travel the world, learn about other cultures and get to know the field of international diplomacy. For nearly ten years, Martin Roach was a training instructor and coordinator. He went on to coordinate international and sensitive investigations with RCMP partners around the world.

In 2015, Martin Roach was promoted to Inspector. Appointed Officer in Charge of the RCMP in Quebec's West District, he was called upon to coordinate the police response to the wave of irregular immigration at Roxham Road. In 2018, Martin Roach was promoted to Superintendent. He has served as Assistant Criminal Operations (CROPS) Officer for Border Integrity and for Organized Crime.

Commanding Officer Roach has been married for 24 years and has two daughters.

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