Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Report on the management of the RCMP conduct process 2020 to 2021

On this page

  1. List of acronyms and abbreviations
  2. Why this report
  3. What we did
  4. What we found

List of acronyms and abbreviations

RCMP
Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Why this report

In 2008, the Minister of Public Safety issued the Ministerial Directive on the RCMP Disciplinary Process. The directive requires the RCMP to complete annual reports on the management of the RCMP discipline process.

What we did

The report outlines the structure and processes governing the management of formal discipline within the RCMP, provides statistics and identifies common trends each fiscal year, describes successes and challenges, and outlines strategies to be engaged to resolve the challenges in the following year.

What we found

The findings demonstrate that:

  • less than 2% of all members were involved in the conduct process
  • “discreditable conduct” remains the most common contravention
  • the reported sexual harassment and sexual misconduct cases increased

In 2021, the changes to the Canada Labour Code and Work Place Harassment and Violence Prevention Regulations came into effect and launched the Independent Centre for Harassment Resolution for the RCMP. These legislative changes led to a new regime for processing harassment and violence in the workplace complaints, which is likely responsible for the reported increase in sexual harassment and sexual misconduct cases.

As a police organization, the RCMP recognizes the importance of maintaining and enhancing public and internal trust in its conduct regime. As part of our modernization efforts, the RCMP hired external experts to review the disciplinary measures to ensure they are modern and effective and applied in line with Canadian jurisprudence.

The transformation of the harassment resolution regime as well as the expert review on disciplinary measures are just a few examples of the work being done to demonstrate the organizational commitment to culture change, transparency, and accountability. Over the coming year, the RCMP will continue its work to strengthen the conduct regime.

You can read the full report here: Report on the management of the RCMP conduct process

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