Update on National Contract Management Committee

The second of the bi-annual RCMP National Contract Management Committee (CMC) meetings was held on December 5-6, 2017 in Ottawa. The BC Local Government Contract Management Committee (LGCMC) was represented at these meetings, where a number of policing issues of interest to local governments were discussed.

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 contracts across the country. Paul Gill, CAO with the City of Maple Ridge, is the representative for the LGCMC. A detailed list of issues is documented below, as summarized during a January 24, LGCMC teleconference:

Federal Policing Mandate

The federal government is initiating a review on federal policing, looking at improving stewardship and accountability within the organization. Divisions have been asked to account for their resources and time, and ensure their activities align with federal priorities. There is some concern that any re-organization of federal policing could potentially lead to downloads on other orders of government.

G7 Planning and Potential Resource Requirements

Planning for the G7 Leaders’ Summit (June 8-9 in Quebec) is ongoing, with projections of up to 5,000 human resources required. There are only 2,000 federal human resources to draw upon, leaving the rest to come from contract jurisdictions. Outside security firms are also being considered to reduce the demands on contract policing. There is optimism that the policing resource drain will be over prior to wildfire season in BC.

Auxiliary Program

As of January 2017, all three tiers are now in effect. Activities will vary depending on tier chosen, but can include public safety education, crime prevention initiatives, assistance at major events, traffic control, and/or general duty operational patrols with RCMP Members. There are different costs, training and administrative requirements associated with each tier.

Sexual Assault Review of Unfounded Cases

The core issue is improving service delivery in communities through increasing confidence in the police, especially as it relates to vulnerable groups. The review is examining the possibility of third party reporting of incidents. The idea is that those who’ve been victimized may feel safer reporting to a third party. The final report is nearly complete. This could potentially impact future training and supervision requirements.

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Each province had to pass an order in council (OIC) to make sure the Inquiry had jurisdiction over areas of provincial responsibility. As part of the Inquiry, there is a federally funded central RCMP team. An interim report released in November contains 10 recommendations, which the federal government is currently examining. BC is ready to work with the federal government through whatever process is established.

MacNeil Report (Moncton)

The MacNeil Report provided 64 recommendations, many of which are being addressed by the RCMP. CMC members discussed the cost items associated with the recommendations, and how implementation and roll out of recommendations needs to consider funding options, and phasing in of equipment.

Psychological Health Assessments and Investigator Development Program

The RCMP briefed CMC members on a plan to have periodic psychological health assessments included with current health assessments. Most provinces and territories are supportive, but require a more fulsome understanding of the entire suite of health services and corresponding costs.

The Investigator Development Program has been piloted in “E” Division for the past few years, in recognition that a new training component was necessary to strengthen investigative skills in Members with 1-5 years of service. This program was developed so that it may be incorporated into existing training budgets.

National and Divisional Multi-Year Financial Plans

The Province of BC has continuously expressed a desire to be more engaged in the process to develop multi-year plans. More engagement earlier on in the process will help provinces and territories better understand costs.

RCMP Labour Relations (Bill C-7)

The Province of BC has gently requested involvement of provinces and territories in future collective bargaining negotiations. CMC members expressed concerns regarding issues that may drive up costs, including minimum staffing levels and shifting. The RCMP is currently without a pay increase, meaning there could be future liability related to retroactive Member payment, which may not be easily absorbed by local governments.

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