Re-engineering Federal Policing (Synopsis)

Royal Canadian Mounted Police—'J' Division

Description: The Re-engineering Federal Policing initiative, currently underway across Canada, is a move away from the traditional structure of Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) federal policing. This initiative places federal policing resources under the stewardship of federal policing officers in the north and south, rather than organizing resources into separate silos by type of crime. Adaptive, flexible units investigate serious and organized crime by focusing on a chosen target’s activities. This is a shift away from traditional units assigned to investigate specific areas of mandate (e.g., drug enforcement). Under the new structure, personnel with specialized expertise work across various areas to investigate avenues of evidence. Integrated selection committees decide whether to initiate investigations on selected groups or individuals based on modern analytical and intelligence processes and prioritization techniques.

In Alberta, the initiative commenced in early 2011 with the creation of a Border Integrity unit. The unit brings together teams from customs and excise, immigration and passport, federal enforcement and integrated border enforcement. This initiative began in 2012 in New Brunswick.
Objective: The objective of this initiative is to make regions safer by investigating and successfully prosecuting the highest criminal threats in the province and contributing to the national effort to combat organized crime. The initiative aims to make the best use of available resources and funding. It reflects the evolution of policing toward stronger multi-agency partnerships, better intelligence sharing and more effective criminal analysis and targeting processes.
Outcomes: RCMP units are conducting more successful investigations by focusing on selected targets and using a broader range of expertise and more diverse investigative strategies. Units are able to draw more quickly on existing capacity at a lower cost and there is increased flexibility. Municipal partners have increased their participation, cooperation and intelligence sharing. The initiative has reduced operational costs such as overtime and travel, as units are now combined under single supervisors within a detachment. The consolidation of administration, exhibit storage, records management and other functions is also saving time and money. An evaluation of this initiative is planned.
Resources: This initiative did not have significant set-up costs and is being managed within existing divisional budgets. The units are composed of existing RCMP officers who also investigate day-to-day calls for service that are within the mandate of the RCMP. When partners join in the investigations, their salaries are paid by their police service organizations.
Province: New Brunswick
Record Entry Date: 2013-08-01
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