Update on National RCMP Contract Management Committee

The first of the bi-annual meetings for the Contract Management Committee (CMC) was held on May 26-28, 2015 in Ottawa. The Committee discussed a range of issues of interest to local government, such as the role of auxiliary constables, RCMP member pay, and cadet training. A detailed list of issues is documented below.

The CMC is the forum that was created for consultation and communication between the Provinces/Territories (PTs) and Public Safety Canada / RCMP with respect to managing the RCMP contract. Local government representatives from British Columbia, Alberta, and Nova Scotia attended the meeting.

MacNeil Report: Moncton Shootings

The CMC received a presentation from the RCMP about the review and report that was completed in response to the Moncton incident of June 4th, 2014 where 3 RCMP officers were murdered and 2 were wounded. The review was done by retired Assistant Commissioner Alphonse MacNeil. The MacNeil Report was issued on December 1, 2014 and contained 64 recommendations organized across five themes:

  1. Supervision
  2. Training
  3. Technology/Equipment
  4. Communications
  5. Support/After Care

In January 2015, the RCMP accepted all of the recommendations in the report and initiated implementation.  An update on implementation will be provided in one year. The RCMP do not expect the financial impact of the recommendations to be significant to contract partners.

Auxiliary Constables

The role of auxiliary constables is under review and stakeholder input is being sought. Municipalities and Regional Districts are asked to provide this feedback directly to their Officer in Charge. The feedback will be shared with RCMP policy makers in Ottawa for their consideration in finalizing the new policy.

RCMP Member Pay

The Pay Council provided a presentation on their recent report, which concluded that RCMP member pay is about 10% below the comparator universe for total pay and compensation. The Commissioner of the RCMP is considering the report and will be making his recommendations for any changes to pay and benefits to the federal Treasury Board in the coming months.

It should be noted that the financial plans provided to contracting partners by the RCMP in May 2014 included projected pay increases of 1.5% per annum. In the financial plans provided in May 2015, an annual increase of 2.5% has been projected. Local governments are cautioned that these are estimates only. Further, any pay raise will be retroactive to January 2015.

RCMP Labour Relations

On January 16, 2015 the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the provisions of the Public Service Labour Relations Act denying RCMP members the right to collectively bargain were unconstitutional. The Court gave the Government of Canada one year to implement changes. RCMP members, in particular those in supervisory roles, are being educated on what the new labour relations environment may entail, though the form that it will take has not yet been determined.

Cadet Training and Recruitment

The number of Cadets graduating from Depot is not sufficient to meet demands. The RCMP have effected changes to the recruitment process to shorten the time between application and selection for admission to Depot. Consideration is also being given to increasing the capacity of Depot to train Cadets.

Bill C42

Bill C42 proposes to eliminate the Civilian Member category of employee and convert them to the Public Sector Employee category. A few of the larger municipalities that had Civilian Members have dealt with this issue already by converting the roles into municipal employee roles.

Of broader concern is that some of the cost allocation formulae for Division Administration used Civilian Members in the equation, and the elimination of this category would have resulted in a cost shift from senior governments to local governments. The LGCMC worked extensively with E Division Finance as well as RCMP Ottawa Finance to arrive at a way to substantially mitigate this cost shift.  We are pleased to report that the CMC unanimously endorsed these changes.

Five-Year Review

The current RCMP contract was signed in April 2012.  It calls for a review of substantive matters at five-year intervals.  While the five-year period ends in April 2017, issues that the parties wish to have considered as part of that review must be submitted well in advance.

If local governments have issues that they would like considered for the five-year review, they are asked to submit a letter from their council or board outlining the issue of concern to Bhar Sihota, UBCM Policy Analyst, no later than September 31, 2015.

Other RCMP Initiatives

The RCMP advised that they continue to look into body worn cameras and in-car video capture, noting that issues related to privacy and data storage require careful consideration.

Green Timbers, Severance Payout and Major Crime Integrated Team Cost Share Negotiations

Dialogue on the cost of Green Timbers accommodation and severance payout obligations continues.  Annual cost estimates have been included in the financial plans provided by the RCMP.  A full reconciliation will be done, once actual amounts are determined.  The federal and provincial governments are also continuing discussions on the cost share for Major Crime Integrated Teams.

Five-Year Financial Plan for RCMP Contract Costs

E Division Financial Services has recently sent out new five-year financial plans. The documentation includes an appendix (Appendix A) developed by the Local Government Contract Management Committee. The document provides a summary of key costs related to the RCMP contract with notations as to the accounting for those costs. Please direct questions on Appendix A directly to Paul Gill via e-mail or phone (604.467.7398).

Biology Casework Analysis (DNA)

Separate negotiations with the federal government for the provision of DNA analysis to British Columbia police forces have concluded. Under the new agreement the federal government achieved its objective of having users pay actual costs, instead of a flat rate. After a three-year ramp up, service users will pay 54% of the total costs based on proportionate usage, and the federal government 46%.  The Province has conducted a Request for Information Process to begin to assess the viability of the market for alternate service providers, should another means of obtaining the service be more cost effective in the future.

Companion Document

The National CMC endorsed the Companion Document to the Provincial/Territorial Police Services Agreements in November 2014. The LGCMC will now be engaged in creating a Companion Document for Municipal Police Unit Agreements (MPUAs). While the two documents will be similar in many ways, the MPUAs have unique articles that require a narrative explanation be developed.

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