Bob Paulson

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Bob Paulson
RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson.jpg
Paulson speaking at the opening of the 65th Glengarry Highland Games in 2012
23rd Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
In office
November 21, 2011 – June 30, 2017
Preceded by William J. S. Elliott
Succeeded by Dan Dubeau
Personal details
Born 1958 (age 59–60)
Lachute, Quebec
Nationality Canadian
Children 3
Residence Ottawa, Ontario
Alma mater Simon Fraser University
Occupation Police, Member of Canadian Forces[1]

Robert Wilfred "Bob" Paulson, COM (born 1958) is a former Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He previously served as the Deputy Commissioner, Federal Policing from November 2010 to November 2011. He replaced the first civilian Commissioner, William J. S. Elliott, who subsequently worked with INTERPOL. He retired from the RCMP at the end of June 2017.

Life and career[edit]

Paulson was born in Lachute, Quebec. He joined the Canadian Forces after high school[2] and served in the ranks for six years. Leaving the Forces in 1984, he spent two years at Simon Fraser University and then joined the RCMP as a cadet in 1986.[2]

Paulson's first posting was to Chilliwack Detachment. He spent the next 19 years in various RCMP postings in British Columbia before being transferred to National Headquarters in Ottawa.[3]

Commissioner Paulson has shown resistance to commenting on proposed changes to the way police deal with marijuana offences. He was quoted as saying "I'm a simple country cop you know. I'm in the business of policing and others are in the business of policy and law.[4] However, the following year he opined "The people that use drugs are not the people we got to be bothering, right? We've got to be sort of helping them."[5]

Paulson retired on June 30, 2017 as per memo released within the RCMP.[6]


Order of Merit of the Police Forces (Canada) ribbon (COM).jpg Commander of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces (COM) 2012
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal 2002
QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal 2012
RCMP Long Service Medal ribbon.svg Royal Canadian Mounted Police Long Service Medal 2006


  1. ^ Fitzpatrick, Meagan (2011-11-16). "New top Mountie Paulson vows accountability". CBC. Retrieved 2015-11-16. 
  2. ^ a b Hopper, Tristin (2011-11-16). "Bob Paulson took on bikers and terrorists". National Post. Retrieved 2015-11-16. 
  3. ^ "Bob Paulson Biography". Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Retrieved December 1, 2012. 
  4. ^ Crawford, Alsion (2013-12-03). "Pot fine proposal draws no opinion from RCMP's Bob Paulson". CBC. Retrieved 2015-11-16. 
  5. ^ Stone, Laura (2014-09-24). "Lunch with RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson: Marijuana use 'not as big a deal as it used to be'". Global. Retrieved 2015-11-16. 
  6. ^ "Search begins for new top Mountie as RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson says he'll retire in June". Toronto Star. March 6, 2017. Retrieved 2018-01-13. 

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Police appointments
Preceded by
William J. S. Elliott
Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Succeeded by
Dan Dubeau (Acting Commissioner)