11/16/2011 03:26 EST | Updated 01/16/2012 05:12 EST

Quick sketch of Bob Paulson, new head of the RCMP

OTTAWA - New RCMP commissioner Bob Paulson rose from street cop to top Mountie.

Born — Lachute, Que. Age 52.

Career — Joined the Canadian Forces in 1977; joined the RCMP in 1986; started as a constable in Chilliwack, B.C.; by 1995 was a corporal with major crime unit and unsolved homicide unit; in 1999 promoted sergeant; promoted inspector in 2001 and was major case manager for organized crime investigations; promoted superintendent 2005 and moved to Ottawa to work on enhanced aboriginal and community policing; by 2008 he was assistant commissioner for national security criminal investigations; 2010 deputy commissioner federal policing.

Major case — In 2004-2005 he oversaw the E-Pandora investigation, a 23-month operation which led to the arrests of a number of members of the Hells Angels in B.C., along with the seizure of quantities of drugs, weapons and cash.

Family — A son and two daughters.

For the record — "I want this job because I am enormously proud, enormously proud, of the RCMP and the work that we do."