Labrador Relief Team (Synopsis)

Royal Canadian Mounted Police—'B' Division

Description: Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) ‘B’ Division set up the Labrador Relief Team in 2009 to provide relief to Labrador’s four remote two-officer detachments. The Labrador Relief Team began as a four-member team and has since increased to six members. This is a new model of policing for remote communities with staffing challenges—it provides staff that can be moved to different locations as required.
Objective: The Labrador Relief Team was created to ensure adequate service delivery to remote communities, reduce the workload of the officers posted in these detachments and comply with health and safety requirements under the Canada Labour Code.
Outcomes: The team has improved service delivery in Labrador communities by maintaining a minimum of two officers in small and isolated detachments. While this initiative has not been formally evaluated, anecdotal evidence suggests that it has significantly improved member safety and has decreased each RCMP member’s caseload. This allows for a better response to public complaints. More manageable caseloads contribute to better employee health. This initiative has been identified as a best practice in ‘B’ Division.
Resources: The implementation costs were significant. Salaries for the six regular members amount to approximately $1 million annually. In addition, there was a one-time cost of approximately $200,000 to fit up the detachments. Under the Provincial Police Service Agreement, the provincial government pays 70% of these costs and the federal government pays 30%.
Province: Newfoundland and Labrador
Record Entry Date: 2013-08-01
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