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Managing the Territorial Police Service Agreement

Yukon’s 2017-18 Policing Priorities 

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

  • Unsolved cases of Missing or Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls continue to be actively investigated.
  • RCMP continue to train members to ensure a compassionate and appropriate response to sexualized assault and domestic violence and this training is relevant to Yukon and to the highest standard possible.
  • Specialized Response Unit continues to support, provide advice and lead investigations into cases of intimate partner violence and sexualized assault and coordination with other agencies remains strong.  

 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.
  • 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 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 with the view of prevention and harm reduction.
  • Front line officers' ability to effectively interact with vulnerable persons is improved through appropriate training.

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

  • Continue to build trust and connections with youth through collaborative efforts with other service providers.
  • RCMP are partners in inter-agency efforts to prevent sexualized assault and exploitation of children and youth.
  • RCMP continues to build their knowledge of, and access to, the technology required to fully investigate cyber bullying and online exploitation of children and youth.

 Priority: Foster Strong Relationships with First Nations, Communities and Partner Agencies

  • Lines of communication between 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 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.

 Priority: Improve Traffic Safety and Compliance with Safe Driving Measures

  • Road Safety is supported through enforcement measures around school buses and school zones and of traffic-related vehicle infractions such as speeding, aggressive and distracted driving, failing to stop and impaired driving.
  • Intensive public information efforts are coordinated with partner agencies and aimed at educating the public and reducing the incidence of impaired driving.
  • RCMP continue to work closely with the local authorities, communities and Government of Yukon on communications and public education efforts that focus on improving traffic safety.

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