Danielle Campbell’s career has been full of firsts. She was the first (and only) woman to become a dog handler with the Edmonton Police Service, the first female forensic polygraph examiner, and, in March 2012, she became the first female deputy chief in EPS history, and the highest ranking woman ever to serve on the force. She was also the first openly gay officer on the force when she joined more than 20 years ago. But getting to this point certainly hasn’t been without its challenges. Campbell joined the police service in 1989 and spent five years working on patrol with the goal of becoming a dog handler. When she was still quarrying (volunteering with the canine unit in the hope of specializing), she was told multiple times by a superintendent that women did not quarry and that she would be better off finding a task that was more “ladylike.” But Campbell kept quarrying and has never looked back. She’s risen up the ranks and worked in a host of positions at EPS, including the polygraph unit, the child protection unit and undercover work. As superintendent she spearheaded a 2010 campaign on sexual assault targeting young men called, “Don’t Be That Guy.” It was so successful it was used by other agencies throughout the world. Now, as deputy chief, Campbell is heading the specialized community support bureau and continues to be a leader in promoting diversity on the force. She was named a Global Woman of Vision in 2012 and has become a role model for all women that find themselves in the minority in their profession no matter where they work.
Danielle Campbell: Alberta's 50 Most Influential People 2013
Takeaway: Danielle Campbell is a force and roll model in the RCMP.