Peter Henschel

Deputy Commissioner, Specialized Policing Services, Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Deputy Commissioner Henschel is responsible for Specialized Policing Services, a broad range of critical services that include the Canadian Firearms Program, the Canadian Police College, Criminal Intelligence Service Canada, the Chief Information Officer Sector, Forensic Science and Identification Services, and Technical Operations. His responsibilities include stewardship for National Police Services, a suite of scientific, technological and police educational programs that support the broader Canadian law enforcement community.

He joined the RCMP in 1981 and served in various capacities, including general duty and investigative policing; electronic, covert, and technical support to major investigations; protective security for the Prime Minister, Governor General and other dignitaries; critical incident management; overseeing major events at the national level; and management of a wide range of forensic programs.

In May 2012, he was promoted to his current rank and position of Deputy Commissioner, and was invested as an Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces in June 2013.