For the territories I suggest the feds fund it but the personnel come from all the provincial services. It remains a federal problem financially. The feds have access to a large pool of provincial constables that rotate in similar to what the RCMP already does now. Any provincial constable could apply for a short duration isolated post under the federally funded (and well compensated) northern policing program. I’m just spit balling here BH.
Yup, I get it.
Short rotations are fine as a relief for long term members who need leave, but communities deserve policing primarily provided by people who will work in the community for a few years. My understanding is Mounties rotate in for two or three years in a given community up north, and get backfilled by relief team members when it comes time to fly south and burn a month’s leave.
The fundamental question I asked still wasn’t answered though- why would Alberta Provincial Police, or Edmonton Police, or Calgary, or OPP, or Halifax or what have you send several members at a time to go work in a territory that’s 100% not their problem? Even if the salary is paid back by the feds, how does the premier of Alberta or mayor of Calgary justify ten or twenty officers at a time, indefinitely, being sent away to police somewhere that’s not their home province/community? And all the aforementioned logistical issues.
I've always been a little curious about the RCMP's 'federal policing role'. While there are clear responsibilities regarding such things as national security, there are very few statutes that specifically empower the RCMP. Areas such as financial crime and narcotics all or mostly involve the Criminal Code or other federal statutes that empower all police officers. We do not have the state-federal division like the US. It seems like at least some of the mandate revolves around inter-provincial/international expertise, cooperation and coordination rather than a legislative one.
If what is suggested in the last number of posts were to come to pass, the RCMP would have a small federal division of plains clothes and uniformed members (embassies, etc.) and a small uniformed division in the north. No province would be willing to either fund or staff on a continual rotating basis to police another jurisdiction.
As best as I understand, it has to do with scale or scope. Outlaw bikers moving stuff in Ontario? Probably the problem of OPP and whatever municipal force(s) may have skin in the game. Dope moving from Montreal to Ottawa? Maybe joint between OPP/SQ/SPVM/OPS. Stuff that crosses borders or has a major national component beyond what can reasonably be done jointly between two provincial jurisdictions? Probably the Mounties, maybe involving their provincial counterparts. Stuff coming in bulk from overseas? Probably Mounties, CBSA, and maybe foreign agencies. And then they have lots of little oddball stuff - national interest/infrastructure level cybercrime, major frauds against federal government, immigration stuff with a major criminal element, war crimes, sanctions violations, stuff like that.
Apparently the federal side of the RCMP isn’t small. With my powers of Google-Fu I found one of their recent annual reports; 3500 cops, 1500 civilians. Not sure what their total numbers are for embassies, guarding the PM and GG, air marshals, and other stuff within what they refer to as ‘protective’, but apparently it’s 550 spots for close protection teams across the country, and they’re running at three quarters of what they need… https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/rc...tage-cabinet-prime-minister-threats-1.6629092
So, RCMP federal and protective would both be significant sized organizations in their own right. And any role spun off from RCMP would still be in competition for the same bodies. Mounties I’ve known have been basically all over the place, and the RCMP might have the advantage of being able to send people to Pond Inlet for two years because then that member can compete for a transfer to a unit or detachment in or near a major city. Some really like the chance to bounce around career wise and try different things in different places with one employer too.