While Assistant Commissioner Rob Hill took over command of Manitoba RCMP in July, the change in leadership was officially recognized in a special ceremony last week.
Officers, employees, and special guests from across the province and nationwide welcomed the new commanding officer in a traditional RCMP Change of Command ceremony at the Manitoba Legislative Building in Winnipeg.
The ceremony is an RCMP tradition that marks the symbolic handover of authority from the outgoing Commanding Officer to the new leader of the force in the province. The ceremony involved RCMP Pipes and Drums, a ceremonial troop, and a flag party. There was a parchment signing and the transfer of the Divisional ensign from outgoing Commanding Officer Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy to Hill. RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki oversaw the ceremony.
“While we are sad to see Assistant Commissioner MacLatchy go, she is leaving the province of Manitoba in very good hands,” Lucki said. “Assistant Commissioner Rob Hill brings a breadth of experience to the role. He has Manitoba roots that tie him firmly to the people of this province. He is committed to building relationships, employee wellness and rural crime reduction, and I know he will tackle these issues with the same enthusiasm he brings to everything involving public safety.”
Hill joined the RCMP in 1997 and spent 10 years in Manitoba with postings in Morris, Island Lake and Winnipeg Drug Section. While in Manitoba, he became involved in the Critical Incident Program as a Tactical Medic with the Emergency Response Team.
In 2007, he accepted a position with the National Critical Incident Program in Ottawa, where he developed and oversaw the implementation of the RCMP’s Tactical Casualty Management Program. During his time in Ottawa, he was involved in planning and operational deployments to the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and the 2010 G8 and G20 Summits.
In 2013, Hill was promoted to Inspector and moved to the Arctic where he was a Critical Incident Commander and the Administration and Personnel Officer for Nunavut RCMP.
In 2016, he transferred to Alberta and was the officer in charge of Stony Plain/Spruce Grove/Enoch Detachment. He was later promoted to Superintendent as the Assistant District Officer of the Central Alberta District. During this time, he continued duties as a Critical Incident Commander.
In February 2019, he was appointed to the position of Criminal Operations Officer with the Manitoba RCMP.
“I am humbled and excited to take on the role of Commanding Officer,” Hill said. “I commit to continue to learn from the lived experiences of diverse RCMP employees and the diverse communities we serve to make sure we are having the necessary discussions and are moving in the right direction. We are living and policing in challenging times, but I am optimistic about our future. I think the more we work together as people, as communities, the better we will be able to forge a path forward.”