REGINA, Sask. — Sgt. Rob Ruiters, the highly respected and affable RCMP officer who led Operation Pipeline/Convoy, has stepped down from his longtime position as coordinator of the national program.
The RCMP is moving the program manager’s position to Ottawa, and the Saskatchewan native was not prepared to relocate, Ruiters told contacts in an e-mail.
“As a result I will be leaving the program,” Ruiters announced. “I will remain in Regina and embark on other opportunities within the RCMP and look ahead to my retirement options in the future.”
Ruiters spent the last 18 years spearheading the Pipeline/Convoy program, which aims to eliminate the use of commercial vehicles and other modes of transportation for the purposes of trafficking drugs and contraband.
Ruiters was a popular speaker at industry events, frequently offering practical advice on what fleet managers should be on the lookout for to ensure their vehicles aren’t being used for illegal purposes.
“I leave with many fond memories and take pride in what we, collectively, had achieved from nothing,” Ruiters said in his parting e-mail. “The most treasured memories I will take with me are the great people I have met – all of you – during my time in this role…I leave the program with few regrets and with much pride in our efforts.”
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