Management of the RCMP Conduct Process: Annual Reports

In 2008, the Minister of Public Safety issued the Ministerial Directive on the RCMP Disciplinary Process. The purpose of the Directive was to standardize the management and enhance the transparency of the RCMP disciplinary process outlined in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act. This process applies to all regular and civilian members of the RCMP. The directive requires the RCMP to submit annual reports on the management of the RCMP discipline process to the Minister.

The annual reports provide unique insight into the management of the RCMP discipline process. The reports outline the structure and processes governing the management of formal discipline within the RCMP, provide statistics and identify common trends each fiscal year, describe successes and challenges, and outline strategies to be engaged to resolve the challenges in the following year.

In addition to annual reports, the directive also requires:

  • standardizing the application and enhancing the transparency of the disciplinary process set out in the RCMP Act;
  • the maintenance and ongoing monitoring of comprehensive records on all disciplinary files;
  • the effective coordination and efficient administration of the RCMP disciplinary system;
  • nationally-consistent policies and protocols to inform RCMP members of the requirements and procedures associated with the disciplinary process;
  • regular training for appropriate employees to promote awareness of and compliance with the above requirements and procedures; and
  • a designated representative of the Commissioner, having regard to legal and operational considerations, to inform the Minister in a timely manner of significant disciplinary matters.

With the implementation of the Enhancing the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act (Accountability Act) on November 28, 2014, the RCMP's discipline system was replaced with a new conduct management system. As a result, the annual reporting structure changed from fiscal year to calendar year in 2015, and focuses on conduct management instead of discipline.

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