Alberta - 2016 success stories

The success stories highlighted in this report are just a few examples of how the RCMP demonstrates its commitment to the Government of Canada's Public Service Renewal initiative. Through innovative initiatives and programs, the RCMP works with its partners, connects with communities and supports its people in order to keep Canadians safe.

The Commanding Officer's Psychological Health and Wellness Committee

The Commanding Officer's Psychological Health and Wellness Committee is a unique initiative established in Alberta approximately one year ago and includes representatives of every category of employees, a retired RCMP police officer, a police officer's spouse and a psychologist. The committee's mandate is to help reduce the stigma around mental health through communication and education. The committee is chaired by the Alberta RCMP Mental Health Champion. The committee was heavily involved in the planning for Mental Health Week in May 2016, based on a theme of "Take Control – Find Your Balance". A total of 4,491 individual packages were sent out to police detachments, specialized units, district offices, and to Calgary headquarters buildings. Additional activities were planned within the headquarters building for the mental health week to provide employees with the opportunity to de-stress, socialize and get involved. Each day hosted a different activity to target a different component of wellness. Through the committee, a need was identified for a more defined and inclusive Spousal Support Framework in Alberta. A subcommittee was established to research the status of spousal support programs within police agencies.

Alberta RCMP welcomes civilian employees for the Edmonton K-Days Parade

For many years, the Alberta RCMP regular members have been a traditional part of the summer parades that take place across the province. This year, at the request of the Commanding Officer, civilian employees also took part in the Edmonton K-Days Parade, the city's biggest summer festival. Outfitted with distinctive red T-shirts, the public servants, civilian members and municipal employees were warmly welcomed by the marching contingent, not to mention the thousands of citizens who lined the parade route. The Commanding Officer emphasizes at every opportunity the critical role played by all RCMP employees in meeting the RCMP's public safety mandate.

RCMP hosts Newcomer Ice Skate for Syrian refugees

The Alberta RCMP hosted a Newcomer Ice Skate for more than 100 Syrian refugees of all ages. The newcomers hit the ice to learn a favourite Canadian pastime - ice skating. The RCMP welcomes newcomers and shows them that police officers are friendly people, who live and work in their communities. The Newcomer Ice Skate showcases the power of community partners coming together to welcome refugees.

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