RCMP honours members who served in Afghanistan

Published on May 9, 2014
Supt. Bill Malone and Sgt. Barry Pitcher of the RCMP both served in Afghanistan. — RCMP photo

The RCMP in Newfoundland and Labrador is honouring two of its own officers today during National Day of Honour.

The day is designated to recognize and commemorate the 40,000 men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces and the hundreds of police officers, diplomats, corrections workers, aid workers and other Canadians who contributed to the mission in Afghanistan.

The RCMP has two members from this province who served in Afghanistan.

In May of 2011 Supt. William (Bill) Malone, from Mount Pearl was deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan as the deputy Canadian police commander overseeing the day-to-day operational policing duties of 45 Canadian police officers working throughout the country.

Malone has also worked with a number of international agencies including the United Nations Civilian Police Mission in Haiti (1996),  the Financial Action Task Force and Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (2003-2008).

He's a Law Enforcement Anti-money Laundering (AML) / Combat Financing of Terrorism (CFT) expert and participated in the AML/CFT mutual evaluations of the Cayman Islands and Iceland.

Malone was also a member of the team that developed the Strategic Implementation Planning Framework (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Bali, Indonesia) to assist countries in implementing AML/CFT measures.

In addition to all this, Malone was the investigative team commander on several high profile kidnapping investigations in Africa (2008-2009) and was the deputy Canadian police commander, Kabul, Afghanistan (2011-2012).

Malone is currently the officer in charge of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) for Newfoundland and Labrador.

Sgt. Barry Pitcher from Mount Pearl was embedded with the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Kandahar during 2007-2008. He has a tactical and military background and worked with other team members at the PRT base, Camp Nathan Smith.

Pitcher's duties included assisting in the rebuilding of the Afghan National Police Force by training, mentoring and equipping Afghan police officers, conducting presence patrols to outlying police outposts, assisting Civilian Military Co-operation teams and the Canadian Military in developing special aid projects for the Afghan people.

Pitcher implemented the first combat first-aid course for Afghan Police and the first curriculum for European Policing for teaching local police. His team conducted the first field-level coaching of Afghan National Police in Kandahar and he was imbedded with front-line combat troops on two rotations.

Pitcher also helped develop the first police training school with Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada.

Pitcher served for seven years as an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces before joining the RCMP in 1997. He has a bachelor of science degree from the Royal Military College and has been a member of the RCMP’s Emergency Response Team (ERT) for a number of years. He is also trained in marine operations, hostage rescue and sniper duties.

Pitcher is currently stationed in the RCMP’s Avalon East District and has been recently promoted to the rank of inspector.