Ontario - 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.

Toronto North Detachment's 20th anniversary recruiting open house

To celebrate the RCMP Toronto North Detachment's 20th anniversary, the Ontario RCMP hosted a recruiting event at the Detachment in September 2016. The open house welcomed the public, as well as fellow RCMP officers and their families and friends. Members from a number of the RCMP's specialized sections were present, along with a full course and demonstrations of the RCMP's Physical Abilities Requirement Evaluation to show what it takes to be fit for duty.

The Discover Policing Expo

Discover Policing is an Ontario provincial initiative that seeks to promote the policing profession to community members. RCMP Recruiting in Ontario, as well as more than a dozen other Ontario police agencies, participated in the 2016 Discover Policing Expo. The goal of the Discover Policing Expo is to provide police agencies across Ontario the opportunity to connect with potential applicants and their families and to let them know about volunteering, employment, and career opportunities.Specialized units from a number of police agencies including the RCMP offered information sessions and demonstrations throughout the day about the many career opportunities within policing.

Creating a workplace well-being culture

The Ontario RCMP has embarked on several ambitious healthy workplace initiatives. Multiple tiers of training and activities aimed at increasing the knowledge and skills of Ontario RCMP personnel to enhance their individual and collective resiliency have been initiated. The first tier focuses on informal conflict management. Our informal conflict management practitioner initiated a culture shift towards conflict competency — a precursor to respectful and healthy workplaces — by facilitating more than 50 two-day workshops to more than 1,000 employees. Since the practitioner joined the Ontario RCMP, individual and group conflict interventions have helped resolve almost 200 complaints (the majority through coaching). The second tier saw a team of employees provide positive mental health guidance and interactive one-hour sessions to almost all employees across the province. The third tier, championed by the executive team and officer core, delivered the national Road to Mental Readiness training to more than 1,000 employees. Utilizing both peer presenters and mental health professionals, these sessions expanded the depth and breadth of the Ontario RCMP's mental health dialogue with and among employees and will continue throughout the upcoming year. The fourth tier involves developing RCMP unit and detachment-level healthy workplace strategies. A healthy workplace coordinator provides ongoing guidance and assistance whenever needed. Units and detachments are enthusiastically approaching this new culture centred on workplace wellness.

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