UBCM Members Favour Tiered Auxiliary Constable Program

UBCM has submitted feedback to the Province and RCMP that indicates many of its members prefer a three tiered Auxiliary Constable Program (ACP), whereby each tier would have specific training and experience prerequisites for interested Auxiliary Constables (ACs). The feedback is based on the options for change listed in a recent RCMP report, RCMP Auxiliary Constable Program: Review of Activities and the Way Forward.  

The feedback is reflective of a survey UBCM conducted in mid-October, where local governments were asked to indicate which option they preferred, and the rationale for their preference. The three options for consideration were:

  • Option 1 (Status Quo): Maintain the ACP in its current form (consistent with January 2016 changes);
  • Option 2 (Community Corps Program): ACs would participate solely in community policing (e.g. safety education, crime prevention initiatives); and,
  • Option 3 (Tiered Program): A three-tier system. Each tier would have specific requirements for training and experience.

The decision to conduct a survey came after the RCMP would not permit UBCM to share the options report with local governments, despite a letter from RCMP Local Government Contract Management Committee co-Chair, Councillor Sav Dhaliwal.

During the response period, UBCM received feedback from 51 local government representatives. 46 respondents (90%) selected Option 3, four respondents (8%) preferred that the program remain unchanged, and one respondent (2%) felt that ACs should only provide community policing. While those who favoured the tiered program provided a number of reasons for doing so, one of the most cited was the flexibility this option would provide municipalities and ACs to meet their individual needs. UBCM also conveyed Resolution 2016-B3, Reversal of Recent Amendments to RCMP Auxiliary Constable Program. This endorsed resolution seeks to have all January 2016 amendments to the ACP reversed as a means to alleviate the burden on police, and in the interest of public safety. Lastly, UBCM requested greater consultation with the federal government regarding the ACP, given its direct impacts (e.g. financial, level of policing) on BC communities.

During the week of November 21-25, the Province presented UBCM’s feedback and its own position regarding the future of the ACP at the national RCMP Contract Management meetings in Ottawa. There is currently no timetable for a federal decision on any potential changes to the ACP.

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