In 1916, the RCMP purchased two McLaughlin Buicks for border patrol duties along the Manitoba-United States Border. The use of trucks and motorcycles in the RCMP commenced in 1920 with the purchase of 10 Reo trucks and 15 motorcycles. The power toboggan, which was the precursor to the snowmobile, was first introduced in 1948; the term snowmobile was first used in 1955 and gradually replaced the sled dogs in northern service, as motor vehicles had replaced the horse.
Through the years more and more vehicles were purchased by Land Transport Section to meet the ever-growing transportation needs of the RCMP. In 1968 Land Transport Section became part of Materiel Management Branch. In 1974 the Land Transport Section was absorbed by a new Transport Management Branch which had the responsibility of administering both motor vehicles and water transport. Today we are known as Assets Management and Programs.
The RCMP prides itself on the continuous evolution of fleet policies, environmental responsibility, employee and vehicle safety as well as the application of the latest police products to best serve our membership and the Canadian public. Various units within the RCMP land transport units liaise with vehicle and product manufacturers which result in the direct input into the development and procurement of the most advanced police products and vehicles available.
The diversity of duties performed throughout the RCMP requires a wide variety of vehicles. These specialized requirements are met under contract with the stakeholders using a mix of RCMP or government motor vehicle specifications.
The current RCMP fleet consists of numerous makes and models of cars, trucks and specialized vehicles that serve the national compliment of RCMP units. They are selected to meet a variety of operational and administrative vehicle requirements such as:
The mandate of Assets Management and Programs includes the planning, development, implementation and administration of transport management policies and programs for the RCMP. This mandate is achieved by carrying out centralized policy making, budget forecasting and managing, procurement, records keeping and maintenance of the RCMP's total fleet of land transportation vehicles and equipment.
Existing fleet management policies call for a reduced environmental impact while still maintaining operational efficiency. To meet these commitments, the RCMP has purchased more ethanol and hybrid vehicles, organized Idle Free Campaigns, and implemented a more comprehensive Fleet Management System.
The RCMP continues to be a forward looking organization, willing to apply new technologies, environmentally friendly and sustainable actions and to promote innovative ideas to better our service delivery to our employees, stakeholders and all Canadians.
The RCMP is one of the largest fleet operators in Canada. The land fleet consists of;