RCMP Seeking Input on Auxiliary Constable Program

Based on input received during previous consultations, RCMP National Crime Prevention Services has developed several options regarding the future of the Auxiliary Constable Program (ACP). UBCM asks BC local governments to indicate their preferred option via survey prior to Tuesday, November 1, 2016. UBCM will then convey responses to the RCMP.

The RCMP is considering three options with regard to the ACP. These options are as follows:

Option 1 (Status Quo): Maintain the ACP in its current form (consistent with January 2016 changes), with no Auxiliary Constable (AC) participation in general duty patrols or ride-alongs, and no firearms familiarization training. ACs would remain appointed peace officers, wear a police-type uniform, and be issued intervention tools and soft body armour. A training standard and activity matrix would be subsequently developed to ensure minimum standards for ACs. At this time, the level of supervision (direct or indirect), nature of the activity matrix, and training requirements are unknown.

Option 2 (Community Corps Program): ACs would participate solely in community policing (e.g. safety education, crime prevention initiatives). They would wear a civilian-type uniform, and would not be appointed as peace officers. The RCMP has developed a draft training standard, should this option be implemented, that consists of 13 courses totalling 81.5 hours (52 classroom hours, 39.5 hours online).

Option 3 (Tiered Program): A three-tier system. Each tier would have specific requirements for training and experience.

Tier 1 would be comprised of the duties and training standards described in Option 2, with participation set at 48 hours per year.

Tier 2 would include all Tier 1 activities, as well as traffic and crowd control, parades and public ceremonies, and foot or bike community presence under indirect supervision. Tier 2 ACs under would be appointed Peace Officers, wear a police-type uniform, and be issued intervention tools and soft body armour. Training would include Tier 1 courses, as well as six additional courses. Participation would be set at 96 hours per year with a curfew imposed after 9:00 pm.

Tier 3 would include Tier 1 and Tier 2 duties, as well as general duty patrol (in an RCMP vehicle, all terrain vehicle, snowmobile, marine vessel, bike, on foot, etc.), check stops, and other activities deemed appropriate. Training would build on the Tier 1 and Tier 2 standards, as well as firearms familiarization and additional courses as determined by the division training unit. Participation would be set at 144 hours per year with a curfew imposed after midnight.

UBCM was initially given an insufficient amount of time to consult with local governments prior to submitting feedback to the RCMP. Based on input from stakeholders, including a letter from RCMP Local Government Contract Management Committee co-Chair, Councillor Sav Dhaliwal, the RCMP extended the deadline to November 1, 2016. 

ACs are unarmed, uniformed volunteers whose primary purpose is to participate in community policing and crime prevention activities. In British Columbia, the ACP has been in existence for over 50 years and is governed by a Provincial Policy. There are currently about 700 active ACs located in 67 RCMP detachments throughout the Province, volunteering about 120,000 hours of service a year to their local communities.

ACs are appointed under the BC Police Act to assist the Provincial Police Force in the performance of its duties. The Province provides the funding to support local ACPs approved and established at Provincial RCMP detachments. Municipalities with populations greater than 5,000 are responsible for providing policing within their municipality, and are responsible for funding their local ACP, with the Ministry providing maintenance support. The Province also provides ACs with personal liability protection, WorkSafe BC coverage, death and dismemberment insurance coverage, a training curriculum, badges and ID.

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