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Managing the Territorial Police Service Agreement

Yukon’s 2019-20 Policing Priorities

Priority 1 – Create the foundation for effective policing in Yukon

This priority encompasses a total policing philosophy as it lays the foundation for the other four priorities. It is meant to be an overarching principle to guide and direct core policing functions and behaviours. The primary objectives include the following.

• RCMP members are visible and approachable to the public.
• Foster public trust in the RCMP by enriching the public’s understanding of policing in Yukon.
• Collaboration with partner agencies and First Nations results in meaningful engagement focused on the needs of all Yukoners.
• A trauma-informed focus supports unbiased, respectful and culturally sensitive/aware policing responses.
• The RCMP continue to train members to ensure a compassionate, respectful and appropriate response to all situations, with specific focus on sexualized assault, domestic violence and sexual exploitation.
• Efforts are made to recruit police officers who are a good fit for each community.
• As police are exposed to some of the most challenging and traumatic events through the course of their work, support and focus on self-care and mental health is essential for all members of the RCMP.

Priority 2 – Enhance prevention, investigation and enforcement activities related to violence against women

• The investigative response to all cases of sexualized assault and violence is empathetic, compassionate and carried out to a high standard.
• The Specialized Response Unit will continue to support, provide advice and lead investigations where appropriate while working collaboratively with other agencies.
• Supporting the development and effective implementation of the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART).

Priority 3 – Proactively respond to serious and organized crime

• Respond to emerging crime trends through proactive and intelligence-led policing.
• Drug investigations and enforcement are focused on all levels of the drug trade throughout the territory.
• Continue to focus on enhancing the response to and investigations of violent crimes in the territory connected with the drug trade and criminal groups.
• The Historical Case Unit will investigate the unsolved homicides in Yukon.

Priority 4 – Engage with and support children and youth

• Build trusting relationships with children and youth in collaboration with other service providers.
• Enhance community policing presence, engagement and programming within the education system.
• Work collaboratively with partners to recognize and work with at-risk youth who may be vulnerable to the influence of the drug trade and other serious crime.

Priority 5 – Foster meaningful relationships within First Nations and throughout the communities

• Lines of communication between the First Nations, communities and the Yukon RCMP continue to be strengthened.
• Constructive dialogue and relationship building remains a priority of all detachments.
• Local orientation of new police officers is consistently carried out in close coordination with First Nations, community leaders and other stakeholders.
• Creation of Community Tripartite Agreements and Letter of Expectations for First Nations Communities.

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