Police Week began in Canada in 1970 as a way to connect with communities and increase awareness about the services that police provide. During Police Week, the RCMP recognizes the important role that police play in the safety and security of Canadians, at home and abroad.
To mark Police Week this year, we are highlighting several important milestones and successes, as well as two awareness campaigns: the first, to prevent family violence and, the second, to highlight the dangers of organized and other forms of crime on everyday life.
Also, recruiters across the country are hosting career presentations to promote what our police officers do. There is no other police force in Canada that provides the levels of services and variety offered by the RCMP.
Locally, RCMP detachments are also celebrating the week by arranging special activities within their communities to highlight the work they do.
Family violence represents a quarter of all police-reported violent crime, and the RCMP has made its prevention a priority. Last August, the RCMP and its partners embarked on a public awareness campaign (which also focused on the topic of missing persons), followed by the release in December of a Public Service Announcement featuring Canadian singer Shania Twain.
The RCMP continues to collaborate with INTERPOL through the #TurnBackCrime campaign to highlight the dangers of organized and other forms of crime and their impact on everyday life. Many people know that transnational organized crime networks are behind various forms of trafficking such as illicit goods, fake medicines, drugs, firearms and even people. However, they are often unaware of the links with other seemingly unrelated offenses such as the counterfeiting of commercial goods, cybercrime, kidnapping, fraud and child exploitation.
While the RCMP remains dedicated to enforcing laws and arresting criminals, keeping our communities safe is a shared responsibility. The RCMP aims to empower Canadians to make informed choices about the products they buy or the way they use the internet. Turn Back Crime is a great opportunity for Canadians to arm themselves with knowledge about organized crime. Together, we can achieve better prevention and reduce the impact of organized crime on public health and safety.
Check out our recruiting events to see if something has been scheduled in your area.