ST. JONES, The Netherlands — RCMP Assistant Commissioner Jennifer Ebert reflects fondly on the warm welcome she and her family received upon her arrival in the province in April, when she began her new role as RCMP commander in Newfoundland and Labrador.
“We arrived just in time for Easter and really received, both professionally and personally, my family, a warm welcome from everyone,” she said. “That was great.
“This is my sixth province where I officially work. Each province is slightly different. The difference here is that this is Newfoundland and Labrador. The island and Labrador themselves have unique things that we have to deal with in terms of law enforcement. I was previously sent to Nunavut, so Labrador reminds me of some of the unique things we had to do while I was there. Newfoundland and Labrador is similar to PEI (where Ebert was previously a commander) in a way, as they are blessed with a low crime severity index.”
Ebert joined the RCMP in 1997 and has served in various locations throughout her 25-year police career. Her publications have included the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Alberta, Saskatchewan and, most recently, Prince Edward Island.
Ebert was assigned to the Edmonton General Crime Unit in 1998 and transferred to the Wood Buffalo Unit in Alberta in 2011 as head of the Major Crime and Domestic Violence Team. While at Wood Buffalo, she was assigned as an accredited group commander. During her last two years at Wood Buffalo, she worked in professional standards and administration and received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal.
In 2014, Ebert became chief of the Saskatchewan Major Crime Unit, and in 2016, she served as acting commander of the southern district.
Ebert has extensive experience in major crime including homicide, crimes against the person and confidential investigations and was appointed superintendent in Saskatchewan in January 2017.
She brings this vast experience and skills to her new job.
“My priority here is to make sure we have a sustainable policing model,” Ebert said. “This includes efficient use of resources and a real focus on the relevant priorities here for the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. We have limited resources, so we need to make sure they are deployed in the right areas and targeted at the highest risk areas.”
Ebert is also a political scientist and holds a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Lakehead University in Ontario, a Police Leadership Certificate from Dalhousie University, a Professional Leadership Certificate from the University of Regina and a Neuroleadership Certificate from the Neuroleadership Institute in New York, as well as other professional police leadership certificates from the Australian Police Management Institute and the University of Charles Stewart.
As head of the RCMP in Newfoundland and Labrador, Ebert says the health and well-being of her officers comes first.
“For me, as a commander and for my staff, it’s all about mental health and wellness, which also includes the communities and people we serve,” she said. “If my staff and those who work here in Newfoundland and Labrador are not healthy, we will not be able to serve properly.”
1. What is your full name?
Jennifer Lynn Ebert.
2. Where and when were you born?
London, Ontario, 1972
3. Where do you live today?
Bay of Portugal-st. Philip. It’s fine.
4. What is your favorite place in the world?
Hawaii. Sunny beaches are my happy place.
5. Who do you follow on social networks?
Mainly government, public safety and health care. However, some of my personal favorites are those in leadership or mental health, such as Brené Brown, author, Michelle Obama, Simon Sinek, Dr. Trevor Jane, a veteran and disaster medicine specialist who is actually from PEI , and Dr. Jody Carrington, psychologist and writer specializing in mental health and wellness.
6. What would people be surprised to know about you?
When people think of cops, they think of some more advanced skills…but one of my unique skills, which I learned a long time ago from my grandmother, I learned how to quilt and knit.
7. What year did you like the most and why?
2013, because this year my husband and I got married and our son was born. Busy year.
8. What is the most difficult thing you have ever done?
Preparing for the first half marathon and running it.
9. Can you describe one incident that changed your life?
Joining the RCMP. I had to work in seven different provinces, that’s how I met my husband. Twenty-six years ago I joined us, so it has shaped my life for the last 26 years.
10. What are you most forgiving about?
I’m going for a pedicure. It’s just the whole process and enjoying the moment. I usually turn on a podcast and just relax. It’s very relaxing.
11. What is your favorite movie or book?
I am a big reader. I struggled with it, but I would say Life of Pi by Yann Martel.
12. How do you like to relax?
Really with the family, sitting by the fire. We are big fans of camping, whether it be in the backyard or just by the fire.
13. What are you reading or watching now?
I just finished Good Women of Safe Harbor by Bobby French. I think she is a Newfoundland writer and it happened here in Newfoundland.
14. What are you most afraid of?
Loss of a loved one.
15. How would you describe your personal sense of style?
I would say casual and classic. I don’t stray too far from the classics.
16. What is the most valuable thing for you?
The necklace I wear every day. I call it my mom’s necklace and it was given to me on my first Mother’s Day.
17. For what physical or personality trait are you most grateful to your parents?
Determination, I get it from both of them. You can say stubbornness, but I’ll call it determination.
18. Who would play you in a movie about your life?
Sandra Bullock, because every time my sister watches Miss Congeniality, she says, “That reminds me so much of you!”
19. What worries you?
People are not kind.
20. What is your biggest regret?
Nobody. Everything that happened before kind of brought me to today, to who I am, to whom I am married, to all the people in my life. That’s not to say I didn’t make better choices at some point in my life, but I did learn from each one.