The Public Safety and Investigations branch is responsible for managing the Territorial Police Service Agreement. The Territorial Police Service Agreement (TPSA) is a twenty year Agreement (1992-2012) between Canada and Yukon which provides for the RCMP to act as the Territory’s police force. The Agreement was signed by the Solicitor General of Canada, the Yukon Minister of Justice and Territorial Commissioner in 1991.
Under the Constitution Act, 1982, the provinces and territories have authority to legislate with respect to "the administration of Justice". This has been interpreted to include law enforcement. The RCMP provides community policing services in all provinces and territories except Quebec and Ontario, which maintain their own provincial police services: the Sûreté du Québec and the Ontario Provincial Police, respectively.
The territorial Minister of Justice has certain powers under the TPSA. They are limited and include:
The PSI branch works closely with the RCMP to ensure that the Minister’s policing priorities are responded to.
The PSI branch also collaborates with the RCMP and community groups to address concerns related to public and community safety.