Royal Canadian Mounted Police

RCMP’s 2024-25 Departmental plan at a glance

A departmental plan describes a department’s priorities, plans and associated costs for the upcoming three fiscal years.

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Key priorities

  • Recruiting and retaining a skilled and diverse workforce
  • Ensuring a healthy and inclusive culture
  • Supporting excellence in operations

Refocusing government spending

In Budget 2023, the government committed to reducing spending by $14.1 billion over the next five years, starting in 2023-24, and by $4.1 billion annually after that. As part of meeting this commitment, the RCMP is planning the following spending reductions.

Table 1: Planned spending reductions (in dollars)
2024-25 2025-26 2026-27 2027-28 2028-29 Ongoing
24,811,546 31,401,484 33,724,610 39,709,990 42,625,325 41,736,500

The RCMP will reduce spending by $41.7 million on an ongoing basis annually. This includes efficiencies and reduced capacity in the following areas:

  • international peacekeeping and peace operations to align more closely with anticipated operations in the future
  • efficiencies in learning and training functions through the rationalization of its operations across the country
  • efficiencies in the management of RCMP accommodations
  • reduced capacity in various internal services functions and in operational and administrative support functions for front-line policing
  • reduced travel and professional services spending across its programs

The majority of the RCMP’s travel and professional services spending is non-discretionary in nature as it is in direct support of police operations.

Travel reductions will focus on minimizing discretionary travel within the organization and maximizing the use of virtual technologies. These reductions will however, directly impact operational travel within the Federal Policing mandate and the RCMP will reduce in areas that are least crucial to fulfilling its mandate.

Professional services reductions will focus on decreased spending on law enforcement agencies supporting investigations, as well as decreases in other business services and management consultants.

Efforts will be made to minimize reductions to protective policing travel, as well as travel and professional services spending supporting the delivery of front-line Contract Policing services. Limiting reductions in these areas are in an effort to maintain existing protection of elected officials and dignitaries, as well as to meet obligations under the Police Services Agreements with provinces, territories, municipalities, and Indigenous communities.


Highlights

A Departmental Results Framework consists of an organization’s core responsibilities, the results it plans to achieve, and the performance indicators that measure progress toward these results.

Federal Policing

Departmental results:

  • Canada and Canadian interests are safe and secure against serious and complex criminal threats
  • Canada’s most fundamental democratic and social institutions are secured through ensuring safety and security of protected persons, sites, government-led events and Canadian air carriers

Planned spending: $1,142,660,730

Planned human resources: 5,053

Federal Policing addresses the most serious and complex criminal threats to the safety and security of Canadians and Canadian interests, including democratic institutions, economic integrity, and physical and cyber infrastructure. Through Federal Policing, the RCMP prevents, detects, and investigates national security, cyber-crime, and transnational and serious organized crime, including financial crime. In addition, it enforces federal statutes, conducts international policing activities, and upholds Canada’s border integrity and the security of significant government-led events, designated officials and dignitaries. Highlights of our 2024-25 plans include:

  • working with both domestic and international partners, as well as public and private stakeholders, to effectively collaborate and counter foreign actor activity threats posed in Canada
  • developing and implementing a national strategy to enhance the skills of police personnel with respect to the threat of ideologically motivated violent extremism
  • focusing on disrupting transnational serious and organized crime enablers that exploit vulnerabilities across the global supply chain to move illegal goods and commodities in and out of Canada
  • developing and implementing innovative, targeted human resources approaches, to enhance recruitment and training for the specialized federal mandate
  • advancing equity, diversity and inclusion, and prioritizing employee well-being through revisions to pre-deployment training for personnel deployed to international peace operations, and by incorporating GBA Plus practices into assessments, reporting tools, documents, and processes
  • assessing the current suite of tools and technologies to identify gaps, redundancies and inefficiencies so that future upgrades improve data foundations, efficiency, and functional capacity

More information about Federal Policing can be found in the full departmental plan.

Specialized Policing Services

Departmental result:

  • Modern specialized police services and technologies support law enforcement and the public

Planned spending: $697,998,977

Planned human resources: 4,193

Externally, the RCMP provides specialized and technical services to all Canadian law enforcement agencies, which include advanced training for law enforcement; national criminal data repositories; firearms regulation and licensing; and investigative tools and services, including forensics, identification, firearms and child exploitation. Internally, a diverse range of technical services are also provided to advance RCMP operations and investigations, such as the collection of digital evidence and cybercrime intelligence, the delivery of policing information technology tools, and the implementation of departmental and personnel security standards. Highlights of our 2024-25 plans include:

  • continuing to innovate to deliver advanced policing services that address the evolving nature of crime
    • Four distinct priorities are at the heart of activities and initiatives in the years ahead, namely:
      • employee development
      • service delivery to clients
      • outreach and awareness
      • sustainability
  • continuing to prioritize the health and wellness of its employees, and the RCMP as a whole
    • Evidence-based strategies and training sessions will be offered throughout the year to support resiliency and personal growth
  • in support of the horizontal initiative “Implementing the Federal framework to address the legacy of residential schools,” the National Centre for Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains will liaise with Indigenous communities on the implementation of tailored support services and initiatives to address operational gaps, as well as initiating and monitoring new programs within communities to assist law enforcement with missing persons and unidentified remains investigations
  • Specialized Technical Investigative Services, through its National Technology Onboarding Program, will establish new procedures related to the use of operational technologies that are primarily intended to use or collect personal information for investigative or intelligence purposes
    • The Program will continually evaluate collection techniques to ensure privacy legislation is respected, and will provide operational guidance to all areas of the RCMP to ensure data and personal information are used effectively and responsibly
    • Highest priority will be given to novel operational technologies that collect, use, and/or retain personal information, are privacy intrusive, or contain Artificial Intelligence

More information about Specialized Policing Services can be found in the full departmental plan.

Contract and Indigenous Policing

Departmental results:

  • The RCMP provides modern contract policing services
  • Improved relationships with and outcomes for Indigenous people

Planned spending: $2,288,328,129

Planned human resources: 18,816

Under the Police Service Agreements, the RCMP provides policing services to the provinces (except Ontario and Quebec) and territories, as well as municipalities and Indigenous communities including through the First Nations Policing Program. These services include the general administration of justice, consisting of the preservation of the peace, prevention of crime, and fulfilment of all duties as outlined under the laws of Canada or the laws of respective provinces and territories. Highlights of our 2024-25 plans include:

  • undertaking a public consultation on the RCMP’s use of body-worn cameras via a public opinion survey to seek input from the communities the RCMP serves and create a feedback loop to inform improvements to policy, training, procedures, and awareness
  • an annual report on police interventions will be released in 2024-25 as part of the RCMP’s ongoing commitment to promote trust, transparency and accountability
  • crisis intervention and de-escalation training for RCMP members will continue to be reviewed and strengthened to reflect current best practices and national minimum standards on police use of force, including thresholds for use, restrictions/prohibitions, and requirements (such as reporting, medical aftercare) will be established using evidence-based best practices
  • leading a survey of police agencies examining their adoption of crisis intervention and de-escalation training to both provide a summary of current programs and to highlight best practices
  • continuing to acquire and deploy modern safety intervention equipment to front-line officers in an effort to enhance community safety, as part of its Modernization Strategy for Public and Police Safety Intervention Equipment
  • supporting investments such as modernizing police intervention equipment and training to increase police officer de-escalation options, knowledge, skills and abilities, while advancing national standards for crisis intervention to enhance police capability to effectively respond to persons in crisis and safely de-escalate and resolve conflicts
  • in collaboration with the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Use of Force Advisory Committee, the RCMP will develop a report outlining industry standards, highlight evidence and best/promising practices, and provide a summary of current de-escalation training programs, industry standards and national-intervention-specific guidelines or model policies that could both be shared with agencies and/or endorsed by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police

More information about Contract and Indigenous Policing can be found in the full departmental plan.

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