It can be expected that the new chief of D Division will push hard to recruit more RCMP officers in Manitoba.
“Recruitment and retention is a very high priority for us right now,” says Rob Hill. The Assistant Commissioner was recently appointed as the new Commanding Officer of the Manitoba RCMP.
Hill says the job market is very competitive right now and that means he will have to work hard to find new members who want to work in our province and retain employees who are already serving in Manitoba.
“We compete not only with other law enforcement agencies, but also with certain industries and other things,” he says. “And I would just like to say that Manitoba is a great place to live and I am very proud to be able to be the commander of D-Division Manitoba.
When he visits the RCMP Academy next month, Hill plans to talk to new officers about the benefits of working in Manitoba. He says our province is a great place to work, especially for new members.
“We have such a variety of roles and positions that can be had here,” he notes.
Hill says it is very beneficial to have local representation in the police force and would like to see more officers from communities served by the RCMP.
“You know, someone from Steinbach, young men and women who would be interested in joining the RCMP, in our aboriginal communities and in all of our other rural communities as well,” he says. “I would strive to be able to recruit those from the communities we serve.”
Hill points to a few other key areas that need his attention.
“One is employee welfare. Of course, we need our employees to be well if they are to care for and serve the public. The second is reconciliation. This is a high priority for us in D Division Manitoba, in terms of reconciliation with our Indigenous peoples in the province.
The primary focus is always public safety, Hill emphasizes.
As Commanding Officer, Hill is responsible for over 1,000 regular members and approximately 500 civilian members and public service employees who serve in 80 detachments across the province, as well as at the Manitoba RCMP Headquarters in Winnipeg.
He grew up in a Royal Canadian Air Force family and has lived across Canada. Hill has quite a resume, which includes serving as a physician in the Canadian Armed Forces. Upon returning to Manitoba in 1997, Hill served as a constable with the RCMP, posted to Morris.
Over the course of his career, Hill has been extensively involved with the Critical Incident Program, first as a Tactical Medic with the Manitoba Emergency Response Team, then later as part of the National Emergency Response Program. critical incidents in Ottawa, where he developed and oversaw the implementation of the RCMP program. Tactical casualty management program. When he was posted to Nunavut in 2013, he continued his involvement with the program and served as a Critical Incident Commander.
Prior to being appointed Commanding Officer of the RCMP in Manitoba, Hill served as a Criminal Operations Officer in Manitoba and was responsible for the day-to-day basic policing activities of the RCMP in that province. He has also served as Deputy District Officer and Detachment Commander in Alberta, Administration and Personnel Officer in Iqaluit, Investigator and Supervisor in the Winnipeg Drug Section, and General Duty Police Officer in Island Lake, Manitoba.
“The Manitoba government congratulates Assistant Commissioner Hill on being selected for this critical role,” said Kelvin Goertzen, Manitoba Justice Minister and Attorney General. “His previous experience in Manitoba and across Canada will serve Mr. Hill well as he provides leadership to the RCMP, confidence to Manitobans and skills to meet the many challenges that come with policing. We are grateful for his continued service and the dedication of all who serve in the RCMP in Manitoba and Canada.