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New commander takes over for RCMP and RNC’s combined special enforcement unit

RMCP Insp. Derek Santosuosso has been named officer in charge of the RCMP and Royal Newfoundland Constabulary's Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit – Newfoundland and Labrador.
RMCP Insp. Derek Santosuosso has been named officer in charge of the RCMP and Royal Newfoundland Constabulary's Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit – Newfoundland and Labrador.

ST. JOHN’S, NL – The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit – Newfoundland and Labrador has a new commander.

RMCP Insp. Derek Santosuosso has been named officer in charge for the unit.

The role alternates between the RCMP and Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) every two to three years. Santosuosso replaces RNC Supt. Marlene Jesso, who recently retired.

Santosuosso has 20 years of policing experience to the position. He has worked in general duty policing, homicide and suspicious death investigations. He has also led investigations into cold case homicides.

The CFSEU-NL is an integrated RCMP-RNC unit with a primary focus on child exploitation, organized crime and drug trafficking.

“The dedicated men and women who work with CFSEU-NL make a profound impact on serious and organized crime in Newfoundland and Labrador,” said Assistant Commissioner Peter Clark, Commanding Officer with the Newfoundland and Labrador RCMP.

“Inspector Santosuosso’s background with integrated policing teams as well as his serious crimes investigations will be invaluable as he takes the lead with CFSEU-NL here in the province,” Assistant Commissioner Peter Clark, the commanding officer of the RCMP in the province, said in a news release.

RNC Chief Joe Boland called Santosuosso a good choice to lead the unit.

“I look forward to working with him, and to seeing CFSEU-NL build on their successes and continue to disrupt serious and organized crime in Newfoundland and Labrador,” he said.

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