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Managing the Territorial Police Service Agreement

Yukon’s Policing Priorities for 2016-17

Priority: Enhance Prevention, Investigation and Enforcement Activities Related to Violence Against Women

  • Specialized Response Unit continues to support, provide advice and lead investigations into cases of intimate partner violence and sexualized assault.
  • Coordination with other agencies in response to sexualized violence is strong.
  • Unsolved cases of Missing or Murdered Indigenous Women continue to be actively investigated.
  • Continue to support efforts to strengthen coordination and relationships with the women's community through initiatives such as the "Together for Safety" and "Together for Justice" protocols and promote these nationally as a best practice.

Priority: Proactively Respond to Emerging Public Safety Issues and Trends in Criminal Activity

  • Drug investigations and enforcement are focused at all levels of the drug trade.
  • Efforts to address drug trafficking and bootlegging are supported through partnerships with other agencies such as Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN) and Yukon Liquor Corporation (YLC). Respond to emerging crime trends such as increased property crime through proactive and intelligence led policing.

Priority: Contribute to Improve the Community Response to Vulnerable Populations

  • Police are active partners in efforts to coordinate responses for vulnerable populations, including individuals with mental health issues.
  • Front line officers' ability to effectively interact with vulnerable persons is improved through appropriate training.

Priority: Connect and Support Children and Youth Including Those at Risk

  • Opportunities to build trust and connections with youth are identified and pursued.
  • RCMP are partners in inter-agency efforts to prevent sexualized assault and exploitation of children and youth.
  • RCMP continues to build their knowledge and capabilities to fully investigate cyber bullying and online exploitation of children and youth.

Priority: Foster Strong Relationships with First Nations and Partner Agencies

  • The Yukon RCMP are visible and accessible to the public.
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with community leaders across Yukon.
  • Lines of communication with Yukon RCMP continue to be fostered at the local and divisional level and contact with community leaders and citizens is a priority for all detachments.
  • Local orientation of new police officers is consistently carried out and involves close coordination with First Nations, community leaders, NGOs and other stakeholders.
  • Efforts are made to recruit police officers who are a good fit for each individual community.

Priority: Improve Traffic Safety and Compliance with Safe Driving Measures

  • Intensive public information efforts are supported with partner agencies and aimed at educating the public and reducing the incidence of impaired driving.
  • Road Safety is supported through enforcement of traffic related vehicle infractions, especially infractions which create a high risk to other people on the road including motorists, children, pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Increased focus on improving safety and reducing accidents at higher-risk areas such as school zones, busy intersections and narrow bridges.

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 (2012-2032) 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 2012.   

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 setting of objectives, priorities and goals (Article 3.3);
  • providing direction to the Commanding Officer in aiding the administration of justice in the province (Article 4.1);
  • receiving information on the operational and administrative status of the Provincial Police Service (Article 4.2(b));
  • receiving information that comes to the attention of any member employed by the RCMP in the province that may affect the administration of justice in the province (Article 4.2(d));
  • receiving information on new and outstanding complaints made by the public against the Provincial Police Service (Article 4.2(e));
  • consulting with the Commissioner on the appointment of a Commanding Officer or a Criminal Operations Officer (Article 4.3);
  • agreeing to the number and location of detachments and to any changes to the organizational structure of the Provincial Police Service. (Article 7.1(a));
  • consulting on the location of the Divisional Headquarters (Article 7.1(b)).

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.

Current Territorial Police Service Agreement