Superintendent Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, Department of Justice
MARLENE JESSO is a Retired Superintendent with more than 34 years of policing experience with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary. She has held numerous positions and ranks in the RNC in areas such as Street Patrol, Labrador West Detachment, and the Criminal Investigation Division where she investigated serious assaults, sudden deaths, and the possession and trafficking of illicit drugs. She was the Officer in Charge (OIC) of the Professional Standards Unit in relation to internal reviews and Public Complaints against police officers. She was also the OIC in charge of the Training section that provided ongoing training and professional development for police officers and the RNC recruit program. Before retirement, she held the position of OIC of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU-NL) a joint forces unit with the RNC and RCMP whose mandate was the investigation, dismantling, and disruption of drugs and organized crime in the province. She has certification in Major Case Management Team Commanders Course, Critical Incident Commanders Course, Drug /Clandestine Lab Investigation Courses from the Canadian Police College and Ontario Police College as well as numerous leadership courses. She has held many roles in the RNC such as Critical Incident Commander, Crisis Negotiator, and Guard Commander.
In June 2016, she was appointed to the Federal Government’s Task Force on the Legalization and Strict Regulations of Cannabis giving recommendations to the federal government in all areas of legalization. She has been a recipient of the RNC Exemplary Service Medal and the Queen’s Jubilee medal. She has been a leader in the RNC and the community for many years until her retirement in May 2017.
In May 2018 she led a team that reviewed the circumstances surrounding four institutional deaths. The report named Newfoundland and Labrador Corrections and Community Services: Deaths in Custody Review looked at the response to, and the appropriateness of, the related corrections policies and procedures. The report contained recommendations on how to improve the current system.