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Estevan man recognized by the Governor General of Canada
On March 4, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, recognized Scott Kienlen for 20 years of frontline service as a peace officer in Saskatchewan. Kienlen, Chief of Operations for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), received a Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medal at a presentation of Canadian honours in Vancouver.
Kienlen grew up in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, attending St. Augustine School Humboldt and Humboldt Collegiate Institute, and worked at the local hardware store after graduating in 1985. He went on to attend St. Peter’s College and the University of Saskatchewan, but says he entered his law enforcement career “somewhat by accident,” joining the CBSA as a student officer at the remote Monchy border crossing in 1992. He later became a full-time officer in 1994 and then a superintendent in 2002 before assuming his current role at the North Portal border crossing in June 2013.
Under Kienlen’s watch (June 2013 to current), CBSA officers in southeastern Saskatchewan have kept 72 undeclared firearms off the street, including 52 restricted and prohibited handguns and rifles. They have also made 130 seizures of narcotics, drugs or chemicals and executed 2,089 enforcement actions under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, which includes refusing entry to foreign nationals with serious criminality.
Kienlen currently resides in Estevan with his wife, Amanda, and their two children. When offered a promotion in 2010 that would require him to relocate to Regina, Kienlen turned it down to stay in Estevan for the best interests of his family. He says he especially appreciates the city’s small-town atmosphere and is proud to call it home.
In his current role, Kienlen is responsible for the border crossings of North Portal, Estevan Highway, Carievale, Northgate, Torquay and Oungre. He says he is passionate about training and recruiting others for careers in border services, and notes that the CBSA is currently hiring officers from across the country.
- The Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medal, created on June 22, 2004, recognizes peace officers who have served in an exemplary manner, characterized by good conduct, industry and efficiency. To be eligible, officers must have completed at least 20 years of service, including 10 years on the front lines performing duties involving potential risk.
“I feel absolutely honoured to receive this medal and represent Saskatchewan on a national stage. I love my job and look forward to coming to work every day because we are making a tangible difference in keeping not only our country safe, but also our local communities.”
Chief of Operations, Canada Border Services Agency
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Scott Kienlen (right), Chief of Operations for the Canada Border Services Agency, receives his Peace Officer Exemplary Service Medal from His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston (left), Governor General of Canada, on March 4. Photo by Sgt Ronald Duchesne, Rideau Hall © OSGG, 2016.
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