The Community Constable (CC) Program recruits local citizens from various ethnic communities to be trained as CCs - armed, uniformed Special Constables. Following training in Depot, CCs return to their communities to complement and support the work of general duty constables in their detachment, with a primary focus on crime prevention, community engagement and crime reduction. CCs are full members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), at the rank of Special Constable and are classified as an LES - SE03 with full peace officer status. CCs have the training and capacity to provide tactical, enforcement and investigational support to RCMP constables, if required. They do not have the mandate to take on all of the duties of general duty constables such as leading in-depth investigations.
The initiative has several objectives:
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The CC Program is an effort to further enhance policing services to communities.
Costs associated with salary and kit for CCs. Salary range for a CC (2014) is $57,996 at time of engagement and $68,423 after four years of service. CCs receive a training allowance of $500 a week. The cost to train a CC is comparable to that of a regular cadet (21 week program as opposed to a 24 week program). Resources required to initiate the CC Program included the creation of curriculums designed by the Learning and Development design team (curriculum designer, syllabus administrator, training analyst, and several police subject matter experts).
Originally, a two (2) year pilot project. ACCs were officially rebranded as CCs in August 2012, and the pilot was extended to 2015 to allow it to be offered to non-Aboriginal communities.
CCs complement and support the work of general duty constables in their detachment. Their primary focus is on crime prevention, community engagement and crime reduction. There are presently four (4) CCs serving in ‘D’ Division; one (1) in 'G' Division, and one (1) in 'K' Division, for a total of six (6). The pilot program will be evaluated before being made a permanent program.
Positive comments was received from the communities who have the CCs and enhanced relationships. An evaluation of the CC program is planned.