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Born in Prezzo, Italy, Zaccardelli migrated to Canada with his family at the age of 7 and lived in Montreal until he joined the RCMP in 1970. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Loyola College and also completed the National Executive Institutes Program at the FBI Academy in 1998. He graduated from the Senior Command Course at Bramshill Police Staff College, England, and the CPC Executive Development Course.
He was transferred to the Toronto Commercial Crime Section in 1974 after spending four years in Alberta. He then moved to the Calgary Commercial Crime Section, where as a senior officer he was involved in a number of high profile white collar crime investigations. He was commissioned in 1986 and served at RCMP Headquarters in Ottawa as the Officer in Charge (OIC), Immigration and Passport Branch. He quickly rose through the ranks of the RCMP and, in August 1998, he was appointed to the newly created position of Deputy Commissioner, Organized Crime and Operational Policy. Zaccardelli was appointed Commissioner on September 1, 2000 after the retirement of Philip Murray.
In the aftermath of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, Commissioner Zaccardelli is faced with the challenge of securing Canada from unprecedented threats and promoting truer understanding among Canadians of all backgrounds.
Zaccardelli is an active member of the Canadian Association of Police Chiefs, the International Criminal Police Organization (ICPO), and Interpol, as well as an Honourary Vice-President of the Royal Canadian Legion. He is a strong and active communicator, and an authority and speaker on integrated policing, organized crime, globalization, and related issues. He has been the recipient of the Principal Commander of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces 2000; the Order of St. John of Jerusalem; the Canada 125 Medal; the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Commemorative Medal 2002; the RCMP Long Service Medal; and the Officer of the French Legion Honour, 2003.