Newfoundland and Labrador - 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 Newfoundland and Labrador RCMP Visible Minority Committee

The Newfoundland and Labrador RCMP's Visible Minority Committee engages with the Muslim Association of Newfoundland and Labrador with the goal of creating a multi-cultural diversity committee. Recruiting initiatives tailored for diverse audiences have already begun with joint RCMP and Royal Newfoundland Constabulary presentations to the Muslim Association of Newfoundland and Labrador. Three similar sessions are planned for the upcoming year, where RCMP presenters will elaborate on various RCMP career opportunities.

The Newfoundland and Labrador RCMP Wellness Team

The Newfoundland and Labrador RCMP has established a highly visible Wellness Team. This team consists of health services employees, peer-to-peer coordinators, return to work facilitators, informal conflict management practitioners and psychologists. Annual province-wide wellness visits promote employee health benefits, online mental health tools, mental health resources and the Employee Assistance Program. Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR) training is also being provided throughout the province. R2MR is the RCMP's national training program that gives employees and leaders the knowledge to address mental health in the workplace. It helps raise awareness about mental health and how to maintain mental resilience in a healthy and positive way.

The Critical Incident Stress Management Team

The Newfoundland and Labrador RCMP now has a Critical Incident Stress Management Team that deploys during major event emergencies. For example, it responded to a fallen officer situation in Labrador in October 2016 within hours. Upon arrival, a Wellness Centre was set up and fully staffed with trauma and family psychologists, a health services physician and nurse, and a peer-to-peer coordinator. All levels of mental health services were provided, including debriefings, educational sessions, health and safety office assessments and peer-to-peer support. The team is also ready to assist other provinces, such as the support it provided following a call for assistance from New Brunswick RCMP Codiac Detachment.

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