Rod McKendrick is currently working with Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice, Victims Services, as the Interpersonal Violence Specialist for the province and has done so since 1998. His responsibilities are the development of training materials, policies and protocols in the area of Interpersonal Violence. He also manages the contracts for Indigenous Family Violence Programs, the Children Exposed to Violence Programs and other specialized programs. He is also Co-Chair of the governments Child Abuse and Sexual Exploitation Committee.
He worked in policing for 31 years, 6 of those years were spent with the British Police, with the Lancashire Constabulary and immigrated to Canada in 1979 to work with the Regina Police Service, Regina, Saskatchewan. Rod retired from policing in July of 2004.
He has worked on both the front line and administrative levels of the police service, moving from Patrol Duties into the Cultural Relations Unit. He was contracted to the Ministry of Justice in 1998, to provide province wide training on interpersonal violence and abuse and to provide expertise on other justice initiatives related to interpersonal violence and abuse. He was responsible for the development of the SIAST/Victims Services Coordination Course, which provides hands on skills for personnel to work with victims. He recently completed the development of a “Guide for Children Exposed to Violence Programs in Saskatchewan” and a manual for front line professionals working with children and youth who are exposed to violence. He is currently working with various partners as an advisor through the Saskatchewan Seniors Mechanism on the “Seniors Neglect and Abuse Response Line” which is available 24 hours a day, staffed by trained responders to various issues that face seniors.
Since 1981 has been actively involved in the field of interpersonal violence, this has included the development of the provincial protocols on child abuse and domestic violence to the development of training manuals on domestic violence and abuse of the elderly. He has presented at national and international venues on issues related to interpersonal violence and abuse, and civil legislation in that area. He has assisted other provinces and territories such as NWT and Nunavut to implement legislation on the various forms of violence and abuse. Rod has taught in the Ukraine on the subject of interpersonal violence and abuse and community development.
Away from work he is Vice Chair for the Prairieaction Foundation, a charitable organization that provides funds to universities and communities to conduct research into finding the solutions to address violence and abuse/youth leadership awards and education and awareness grants. He also is President Elect for the Canadian Children’s Optimist Foundation to provide funds that support the growth of children and youth.