NEWS RELEASE · 4th April 2012
RCMP North District
RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson announced today that Superintendent Rod Booth has been appointed to the position of North District Commander and will be promoted to the rank of Chief Superintendent. .
Rod Booth’s appointment as Officer in Charge, Chief Superintendent of North District is very positive news for our entire region, says Minister of Justice and Attorney General Shirley Bond. Rod has spent many years of his policing career in British Columbia and is highly regarded in the RCMP and beyond. I am confident that Rod will demonstrate the kind of leadership that will enhance the safety of our Northern Communities.
I could not be more pleased with Rod's appointment as the North District Commander, says Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens, the Commanding Officer of the RCMP in BC. It is a testament to his leadership, professionalism, and personal commitment to serve British Columbians. I look forward to Rod's continued contribution to community safety in our province.
Superintendent Booth, a 30 year member of the RCMP, brings a unique knowledge of leadership in the municipal, provincial, and federal areas of policing. As the North District Commander, Supt Booth is responsible for over 1,100 employees in an area that encompasses 73% of the province and is home to 37 Detachments and support units.
I have worked with Supt. Booth for the past few years and believe he's an excellent choice to be our District Officer, says Prince George Detachment Commander Superintendent Eric Stubbs He has an ability to see the big picture and understands the challenges of policing in the North. Most importantly, he genuinely cares about the members and employees that are working hard every day in the detachments throughout the North.
Policing needs in the North District include services to large cities, rural farming areas, towns, villages and remote communities that are only accessible by boat or plane. Policing in North District’s unique area means providing to everything including coastal communities, mining towns, major cities and isolated Aboriginal communities, summer getaways and business thoroughfares.
Reflecting back on my time as the District Officer and working with Rod for the year prior to my retirement, I know that the communities in the North District and the men and women who work in the RCMP including the volunteers and our partners, will be very well served with Rod overseeing the North District operations. I congratulate him and wish him all the best. says Chief Superintendent Barry Clark who retired in August 2010.
Message from Supt. Rod Booth
I am extremely proud of all the men and women in the North District and of all the work they do every day: From our municipal and public service support staff and civilian members, to the regular members who put themselves in harm’s way, every day, under extremely trying circumstances. My first priority is to continue the ongoing work of rebuilding public confidence in the RCMP, but more importantly, in rebuilding the confidence of employees in themselves. Our focus has to be on people. We can go a long way toward achieving our goals by clearly identifying our specific roles and responsibilities and knowing our accountabilities.
Superintendent Booth joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Spring of 1981. For his first 22 years of service he worked exclusively in detachment policing. His duties included general duty patrols, Emergency Response Team and Major Crime Investigation. Supt. Booth was posted in the Lower Mainland of BC, the Yukon Territory and the Gulf Islands. In 2004 he transferred to Ottawa and shortly after arriving was Commissioned to the rank of Inspector as the Officer in charge of the Operational Policy Section. Two years later Supt. Booth would be appointed the Executive Officer to the RCMP Commissioner and would continue to serve 3 Commissioners before being seconded to the Privy Council Office working on security preparations for the V2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Supt. Booth returned to BC in 2010 as the Assistant District Officer. Superintendent Rod Booth has been happily married for over 25 years and is a proud father of two grown children.