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Managing the Territorial Police Service Agreement

Yukon’s 2018-19 Policing Priorities

Priority 1 - Enhance prevention, investigation and enforcement activities related to violence against women.

Prevention of violence against women continues to be a crucial objective and it is imperative to have continuity and strive for excellence in training to ensure sexual assault, domestic violence, and sexual exploitation investigations are compassionate, diligent and thorough.

The primary objectives include:
  • Unsolved cases of Missing or Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls continue to be actively investigated.
  • The RCMP continue to train members to ensure a compassionate respectful and appropriate response to sexualized assault, domestic violence and sexual exploitation.
  • The Specialized Response Unit will be fully staffed and operational and able to provide advice and lead investigations into cases of intimate partner violence and sexualized assault. The SRU will continue to support, provide advice and work collaboratively with other agencies.
  • Additionally, the Historical Case Unit will be operational and support investigative activities related to the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and liaise with victims’ families, Yukon First Nations, community groups and other partners.

Priority 2 - Proactively responds to serious and organized crime.

Due to recent and emerging trends with a growing presence of organized and serious crime in the territory, the ability to proactively respond to serious and organized crime is a top priority. Yukon has had an unprecedented amount of homicides in the territory during the last 2 years. 

The primary objectives include:

  • Respond to emerging crime trends through proactive and intelligence-led policing.
  • Creation of the Historical Case unit to investigate historical homicides and missing and murdered indigenous women.
  • Drug investigations and enforcement are focused on all levels of the drug trade.
  • Continue to focus on enhancing the response to and investigations of violent crimes in the territory connected with the drug trade and criminal groups.
  • Respond to emerging crime trends such as increased property crime through proactive approaches.

Priority 3 - Engage with and support children and youth.

Children and youth are considered to be some of our most vulnerable population and it is essential for the RCMP to build relationships and trust with children and youth in order to address ongoing issues and to reduce barriers to communication.

The primary objectives are as follows:

  • Build trust relationships with youth and children in collaboration with other service providers.
  • The RCMP partner with inter-agency stakeholders to proactively respond and prevent youth exploitation and youth-sexualized assault.
  • Enhance community policing presence at schools and colleges.

Priority 4 - Promote strong relationships with First Nations, communities and partner agencies.

Continuing to develop and nurture strong relationships with the First Nations is paramount to successful policing in Yukon. The First Nations continue to be over-represented in the justice system and need their input and recommendations to be recognized in order to work collaboratively to create a safer and just Yukon.

The primary objectives are as followed:

  • Lines of communication between the First Nations, communities and the Yukon RCMP continue to be strengthened at all levels. Constructive dialogue and relationship building remains a priority of all detachments and that the RCMP members are visible and accessible to the public.
  • Local orientation of new police officers is consistently carried out in close coordination with First Nations, community leaders, non-governmental agencies and other stakeholders.
  • Efforts are made to recruit police officers who are a good fit for each community.

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