07/11/2013 07:12 EDT | Updated 09/10/2013 05:12 EDT

New RCMP Depot commander vows to keep Regina academy world-class facility

REGINA - An RCMP officer who made history at a police department in Quebec before becoming a Mountie has taken command of the force's cadet training facility in Regina.

Chief Supt. Louise LaFrance has become only the second woman to take charge of the RCMP's Depot (DHEP'-oh) Division.

A ceremonial flag symbolizing the transfer of power was handed to LaFrance at the changeover in Regina on Wednesday.

She takes control from Assistant Commissioner Roger Brown, who bid farewell to the cadets after five years at the depot's helm.

LaFrance, who was the first woman to join the police department in Mont-Laurier, Que., says the ceremony was very emotional for her.

She says one of her goals is to ensure that the depot keeps up with emerging crime-fighting technology and remains a world-class training facility. (CKRM)