Just curious as to what would be the majority of calls an MP would receive, and what would they spend the most time on? Traffic? Assaults? Thefts etc. and does it vary from element to element i.e. army to navy to air force? How many calls would you average in a shift? Just a professional...
So I had to go look up what exactly Spec 2 would pay out in a year. It blows my mind anybody would join the MP's and do the same job for that little money when the going rate for a civilian Police officer is between 90-100k a year.
Nice decal. Great advertising for the cars parked in front of Building 7 (I think) idling away, adding green house gases, not doing anything, out in the bucolic country of Carling Campus, where the biggest threat is getting goose shyte on your boots as you cross the secure swamp, to get another double double and Boston cream.
Sounds like they’re in a deterrence / visible presence role there. You could find quite a few Mounties doing the same thing in other parts of Ottawa; basically there in case ‘the bad day’ happens. A bit of obvious, visible, armed security can deter low-rent, yet stupid and dangerous stupid acts that you’ll never know about because the deterrence worked.
I’m not going to claim that MPs are busy in most places. I imagine they have sleepy postings and less sleepy ones. And some stuff - a suicidal person, or a violent domestic - is gonna be risky whether it happens in a suburb, or a PMQ patch. I can’t speak to what NIS is like, though they seem to do real police work.
Some police services are willing to take MPs as lateral (experienced) hires. So, as fashionable as it is to shit on them, there’s an objective reality that the trade faces some competition to retain members. I can see there being an argument to keep pay not-awful enough that you can keep enough of your people. After all, the ones who can get hired laterally may disproportionately be the ones with better performance and more investigative experience.
The reality is the standard of their initial training is considered equivalent, to the basic standard of police basic training across the country. That’s what the lateral is based on- and that’s a consistency thing. There are lots of munis that don’t have a ton of experience coming off probation.
There is that much competition for recruits across the country that yes- the MPs need something to keep them in. And they fill an important public safety niche