LGCMC Meets to Discuss RCMP Contract

On February 17, 2014, the Local Government Contract Management Committee (LGCMC) met once again with Provincial and RCMP representatives to discuss the RCMP agreement.  The Committee received an update on the status of outstanding contract issues and new initiatives underway. The Committee provided feedback to both Provincial and RCMP representatives on a number of issues. 

The following summary highlights key issues discussed at the meeting:

Update on Federal-Provincial Negotiations

First Nations Policing
  • Canada and the Province are completing negotiations for a revised Framework Agreement for First Nations policing, as the current agreement expires on March 31, 2014.
  • The First Nations Policing Policy was introduced by the federal government to provide First Nations on reserves across Canada with access to police services that are professional, effective, culturally appropriate and accountable to the communities they serve.
  • The policy supports an enhanced level of policing in First Nations communities. This means additional resources are provided above those delivered by the Provincial Police Service Agreement. Police officers providing an enhanced service spend 100% of their time on the policing needs of the First Nations communities.
  • The cost of the enhanced policing is paid 52% by the federal government and 48% by the Province.  There are 54 Community Tripartite Agreements providing approximately 108 Regular Members in the Province.
Severance
  • Effective March 31, 2012, severance entitlements for voluntary retirements and resignations were eliminated by the federal government as part of its Deficit Reduction Action Plan.  Severance entitlements (and related costs) continue for dismissals, deaths, disabilities and layoffs.
  • Historically, about $1,000 per member was included in the divisional administration charge to cover all severance costs.
  • The federal and provincial/territorial governments are still in discussion as to the final cost of the liquidation of severance entitlements.
  • The federal government has indicated it may be willing to allow local governments to amortize the cost of liquidating severance entitlements for RCMP officers over the remaining 18 years  of the contract with no interest charges. The Province is aiming for cash flow neutrality for local governments.
  • Once the cost of liquidating of severance entitlements are addressed, the ongoing costs of severance for death, disability and lay-offs will significantly decrease from the historical rate, especially after 18 years.
Pensions
  • On April 1, 2014, RCMP employer pension rates will increase to 20.23%. This cost was included in the 5-year budgets/plans delivered to municipalities in May 2013.
  • Due to a change in the federal reporting cycle, another pension actuarial report was released in 2013 and this means, in accordance with the RCMP contracts, that another new employer rate will come into effect on April 1, 2015 (i.e. the 2014 rate will only be in effect for one year).
  • The 2015 rate will be in effect for three years (until April 1, 2018) and the regular three-year actuarial reporting/pension rate-setting cycle will resume thereafter.
  • The new employer pension contribution rate for April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2018 will be available in March and the RCMP will include the new rate and the impact specific to each community in the municipal 5-year budgets/plans, which are scheduled to be released in May.  

E Division Headquarters (Green Timbers)
  • No agreement has been reached between the federal government and the Province concerning the cost of accommodations in the RCMP Headquarters building ‘Green Timbers.'
  • The Province has offered to pay fair market value rent for the space required in the building. 
DNA – Forensic Lab Costs
  • No agreement has been reached between the federal government and the Province concerning the future charge for the RCMP providing DNA analysis, which has been paid by the Province at a flat rate for the past decade.
  • The Province is seeking cost containment and enhanced reporting and review mechanisms in the new Biological Casework Analysis Agreements.

National Program Costs
  • On April 1, 2015, the cost for National Programs (cadet training, recruiting and the Police Dog Service Training Centre) will no longer be charged at a flat rate of $3,500 per FTE.  In accordance with the Police Services Agreements, these programs will move to a three-year rolling average of actual costs in 2015/16.  
  • Costs for cadet training and recruiting will be shared by provinces, territories, municipalities and the federal government based on the actual costs of the programs allocated on a per FTE basis. Costs for the Police Dog Service Training Centre will be borne by those governments with active police service dogs allocated on a per dog team FTE basis.
  • The RCMP will include the new rates and the impact specific to each community in the municipal 5-year budgets/plans, which are scheduled to be released in May.
  • Through the national Contract Management Committee structure, these programs will undergo an Independent Directed Review in 2014 to ensure they are operating effectively and efficiently.
RCMP Pay Council
  • The Pay Council puts forward pay and compensation packages for consideration to the RCMP Commissioner and the recommendations, if accepted by the Commissioner, form the basis of the RCMP request to the Federal Treasury Board for financial resources.
  • In accordance with the recommendations of a recent review of the Pay Council, two Provincial/Territorial representatives (Yukon/Saskatchewan) attended their first Pay Council meeting in Ottawa in January.  The Province is seeking clarity on the role of the representatives, and the benefits of this engagement.
National Companion Document
  • The first draft of the national companion document is complete. The Local Government Contract Management Committee (LGCMC) Companion Document Working Group provided feedback on the draft to the national working group.
  • Once the draft of the national companion document is finalized this spring, the LGCMC working group will start on the BC Municipal Companion Document.
BC Policing Plan
  • The final version of the BC Policing Plan was released on December 12, 2013.  The Plan is BC's long-term policing strategy that is intended to guide the evolution of policing in the Province over the next three, five and ten years.
  • The first action item outlined in the BC Policing Plan broken into four distinct phases and is intended to:
  • Clarify Policing Responsibilities;
  • Develop Options for Police Service Delivery Models;
  • Develop Options for Police Service Governance Models; and
  • Develop Options for Police Service Funding Models.
  • A two-tiered committee structure has been created.  The Police Structure and Funding Expert Committee will review background papers and develop options, and the Advisory Panel on Policing will review the reports and provide feedback/recommendations to the Province. Invitations to participants are being sent this month and three representatives from UBCM will be included on the Expert Committee.
RCMP Update

RCMP Financial Impact
  • The RCMP will provide a report on financial projections for the next five fiscal years specific to each community in the municipal 5-year budget/plans, which are scheduled to be released in May.  Local Governments may also request a tailored presentation on the information contained in the five-year budget/plan through their local Detachment Commander Officer. 

Electronic Fingerprint Machines
  • Real Time Identification (RTID) is a key initiative to improve the efficiency of criminal fingerprints by eliminating paper and digitally sending prints to the central repository in Ottawa. Finger and palm prints can be sent within minutes and be linked to agencies such as Immigration and Interpol.
  • RTID will contribute to public safety by improving screening practices, reducing mistaken identity and eliminating the risk of criminals evading their criminal past.
  • Based on consultation and consideration of the most efficient, cost effective, user friendly and PRIME supported method of sending fingerprints prints, the RCMP decided to purchase ‘Live Scan' or ‘Card Scan' machines.  The ‘Live Scan' machine offers a direct method to submit in person (live) fingerprints, palm impressions and mug shots.  It allows for real time image quality and data entry verification.  It is for higher volume areas. ‘Card Scan' is a scanner by which ink based prints are scanned and sent.  It is used in lower volume areas. All police agencies in Canada are expected to be ‘live' with the electronic submission of criminal fingerprints by July 2014.
Community Constable Program
  • The Community Constable Program (CCP) is similar to the Aboriginal Community Constable Program, but is now open to any community. The CCP enables RCMP detachments to hire someone with local knowledge of the language, culture, geography and history of the communities they serve.
  • Community Constables are trained to focus on crime prevention, developing and strengthening community partnerships, community engagement and crime reduction. Community Constables may also be trained to provide tactical enforcement (including armed backup) and investigative support to core policing resources if required.
  • This program is still in a pilot phase, with evaluation to follow. More information on the CPP may be obtained through local Detachment Commanders.
The Local Government Contract Management Committee (LGCMC) is a joint committee created to provide a forum for consultation, analysis and communication between Local Government and the Province regarding the management of the Agreement under which the RCMP provide local police services in B.C.  A representative from the LGCMC attends meetings of the National Contract Management Committee.

The Local Government Contract Management Committee would appreciate your feedback on any of the RCMP contract issues identified above or any other issues related to the RCMP contract. UBCM members who have questions or comments related to the RCMP contract in BC are encouraged to contact Ken Vance, UBCM Senior Policy Advisor.

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