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Plans and Priorities for 2008/2009

The Report on Plans and Priorities for 2008/2009 is available at: http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/rpp/2008-2009/inst/rcm/rcm00-eng.asp

Minister’s Message

The Public Safety Portfolio of the Government of Canada continues to establish ambitious plans and priorities and to achieve success in ensuring the safety and security of Canadians. As the Minister of Public Safety, I am pleased to present to Parliament the RCMP’s Report on Plans and Priorities that outlines our further objectives for 2008-2009.

The men and women of the RCMP play a vital role in keeping Canadians and their communities safe. That is why the Government took the decision in 2006 to add 1,000 personnel to the strength of the RCMP for vital federal law enforcement tasks. That process is now well underway.

In 2008-2009, the RCMP will remain focused on tackling crime by: reducing the threat and impact of Organized Crime ; reducing the threat of Terrorist criminal activity in Canada and abroad; contributing to Canada’s Economic Integrity through crime reduction; reducing Youth involvement in crime as victims and offenders; and contributing to safer and healthier Aboriginal Communities . The Government’s continued commitment to enhance public safety and security is evident through ongoing efforts to amend relevant legislation, address violent crime, recruit more officers, as well as to prepare for the security requirements of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. These commitments will no doubt assist the RCMP in achieving their strategic priorities.

The coming year will bring constructive change and new challenges for the RCMP. The release of the Report from the Task Force on Governance and Cultural Change in the RCMP highlighted a number of important issues and provided a range of recommendations. I can tell you that this Government is committed to creating a path that will allow the RCMP to evolve into a modern, stronger, more effective organization, meeting the significant policing demands of the 21st century.

Delivering quality contract policing is a primary program activity for the RCMP. As a result, the Government’s dedication to ensuring seamless frontline delivery through 2012 to contracting provinces and territories is a high priority.

The integrity of federal policing programs continues to be enhanced by the ongoing implementation of new initiatives. Federal policing touches the day-to-day lives of Canadians and works to ensure that our privacy and individual identities are maintained and that the goods we buy are legitimate. The programs also ensure that there is a police presence in the air, on the ground and in our waters. The success of the federal programs is in part due to the creation and ongoing commitment to effective inter-agency partnerships, both nationally and internationally.

The RCMP also provides quality policing support services that are in demand nationwide. Effective criminal investigations continually demand new and more complex investigative techniques. Growing expectations from both the law enforcement and public sectors, coupled with increased demands for services, have underscored the increasing requirement for continuous improvement within the RCMP’s support services.

All these services are possible because of the ongoing commitment and dedication of RCMP members and staff throughout all levels of service. It is inspiring. Their continual drive towards excellence will make 2008-2009 a year of successes for the RCMP, resulting in a safer and more secure Canada.

The Honourable Stockwell Day, PC, MP
Minister of Public Safety

Commissioner's Message

These are extraordinary times for the RCMP. I have no doubt, however, that we are ready to meet the challenges we are facing and to build on our strengths, to recognize and address our weaknesses, and to continue to work hard to provide for the safety and security of Canadians.

In the coming year, there will be significant work undertaken to address issues identified by the Report of the Task Force on Governance and Cultural Change in the RCMP . Work is already underway to enhance management accountability at all levels, and to improve our policies and practices across a wide variety of areas including: discipline, workplace disclosure, ethics, independent oversight and review, and human and financial resource management.

I am encouraged by the Task Force Report’s positive observations about the quality of our members and other employees, and by the constructive approach being taken throughout the organization to build a modern workplace that will enable the RCMP to be more responsive to the citizens we serve and to the needs of our employees. I have personally made this a priority.

The RCMP remains committed to providing top quality policing in areas of federal jurisdiction and, under contract, to provinces, territories and communities across the country. We will also continue to provide key services that support all police agencies in Canada.

The RCMP will continue to support the Government’s ongoing commitment to tackle crime. Our initiatives will address a variety of criminal activities. These include activities by criminal elements that have become more technologically advanced, more transnational in scope and more violent.

I continue to be impressed and inspired by the dedication, professionalism and commitment of the employees of the RCMP. I have every confidence we will rise to our many challenges over the coming year.

William J. S. Elliott
Commissioner