The expertise of the RCMP is often highly sought after within the international law enforcement community.
International police request the RCMP’s assistance in all areas ranging from chemical and forensic expertise to drug enforcement, proceeds of crime and organized crime, terrorism, and professional development to sharing our community policing service delivery model.
In order to respond to increasing requests for police training assistance from around the world, the RCMP established International Training Services (ITS) in 1991.
On behalf of the Canadian government, the RCMP administers the Police Training Assistance Program (PTAP) under the 1981 Solicitor General of Canada Ministerial Directive D-81-1, Police Assistance to Foreign Countries.
The goal of the program is to provide learning opportunities to personnel in the international police community and to increase their skills and knowledge in operational and administrative matters over the long-term.
Various RCMP policy centres, divisions and other training units supply resources and other expertise for international police training programs. Funding is obtained through a variety of government and private sector sources.
Training provided by the RCMP focuses on areas of international law enforcement that have a direct impact on the safety and security of Canadians and Canadian interests.
The RCMP’s international training philosophy is based on the notion of training the trainers. The goal is to ensure police trainers in the client country become competent, self- sufficient and eventually capable of designing, delivering and evaluating their own training courses.
The RCMP uses a community-based policing approach in its training. This approach promotes shared responsibility for problems and solutions between the police and members of the community.