Quick facts about RCMP in N.B.

Did you know? Fall 2020

Infographic: You Know? Fall 2020

Did you know?

  • The New Brunswick RCMP employs 1,240 peopleFootnote 1
  • 854 Regular Members
  • 386 non-uniformed employees
  • 36.8% female RCMP employees, including reg. members
  • 6.2% of NB RCMP members are IndigenousFootnote 2
  • $157 million spent by the NB RCMP in fiscal year 2017-2018
  • The majority of this money is invested back into NB communities by:
    • Employees who pay taxes, own properties, purchase goods and services, and donate to local charities
    • RCMP purchases of equipment and supplies

RCMP Police officers

  • Conduct investigations and operations
  • Make arrests and pursue charges
  • Conduct patrols and traffic enforcement

RCMP Officers are also required to

  • Attend sudden deaths
  • Investigate reports of missing people
  • Respond to Mental Health Act calls
  • Attend court
  • Liaise with local elected officials
  • Conduct curfew checks

Urgent calls that must be responded to by police are out priority. Other obligations – while important – may have to wait. The Telephone Response Team or Call-Back Unit may handle calls that do not require police presence.

Are we short-staffed?

Resources are based on workload and other factors, not minimum numbers of police officers. There are always enough RCMP police officers to respond to urgent priority calls, and to ensure officer safety.

Parental leave? Sick leave? Vacation? Like any other employer, the RCMP manages these pressures on a daily basis to ensure appropriate staffing.

Could we use more members? Sure! More members would allow us to do more work. More members also cost more.

Bills and budgets

The New Brunswick Department of Public Safety gives a budget to the RCMP. The RCMP is accountable to the Province for that budget while providing effective policing, but we don't bill municipalities for our services. Questions on costs of RCMP services should be directed to Public Safety.

A balancing act

Communities want a more visible police presence and lower policing costs – it's not possible to have both. If communities want more RCMP service and are willing to pay, they should reach out to Public Safety.

RSC quarterly reports

Policing means we can't be at every council meeting but members are always available to discuss operational issues with local elected officials. RCMP RSC reports provide consistent, accurate data in keeping with the RSC local governance structure laid out by the New Brunswick Government.

Remember the "Public" in Public Safety. Everyone can help make their communities safer; take personal precautions such as locking your doors, and report crime and suspicious activity to police.

How the RCMP responds to calls for service

Infographic: How the RCMP responds to calls for service


Whether urgent or non-urgent, every call for service to the RCMP is important. Just like a hospital, the RCMP must triage calls to ensure the most serious incidents are dealt with first and that resources are being used to their best advantage. Members of the public can help this efficiency by using the appropriate channel to make their report.

Urgent calls received via 911 go to a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP). RCMP Operational calls are received by the RCMP Operational Communications Centre (OCC).

Non-urgent calls can be received via walk-ins to RCMP detachments, calls to RCMP detachments, or calls after hours to 1-888-506-RCMP/1-888-506-1GRC.

All calls are triaged to assess if the call is urgent. If it's urgent, it is dispatched to police officers for investigation, if required. If it's non-urgent, the call is assessed to determine if in-person follow-up from a police officer is required. If yes, it is dispatched to police officers for investigation, if required. If no, it is dispatched to the Alternate Response UnitFootnote 3.

Examples of urgent calls

  • Incidents involving serious injury or death
  • Serious crimes in progress
  • Incidents where someone's life is in danger

Examples of non-urgent calls

  • Minor vehicle crash with no injuries
  • Information-only files
  • Lost items
  • Computer hacking, identity theft or telephone fraud

By the numbers

  • In 2019, RCMP responded to 124,094 occurrences
  • 14% of these calls were handled by the Alternate Response Unit, freeing up police officers to respond to other calls

The RCMP's Specialized Policing Services

Infographic: The RCMP's Specialized Policing Services

Did you know?

SPS provides critical frontline operational support services to the RCMP, provincial law enforcement and criminal justice partners, as well as national and select foreign organizations.

Specialized Policing Services has

  • An RCMP investment of $15 million
  • 114 specialized policing professionals in 21 areas of expertise, ready to deploy 24/7
  • EDU: 4 post-blast investigators, 5 explosives forced entry experts, and 5 homemade explosives investigators
  • ERT: 16 frontline specialists who undergo 1,000 hours of training annually
  • STO: 66 frontline policing specialists
  • Air services plane, helicopter and drone

Major Crime Unit

Investigates serious crimes such as:

  • New and unsolved homicides
  • Attempted homicides
  • Suspicious deaths and disappearances
  • High-profile cases

Police Dog Services

Provides investigative support such as:

  • Narcotics, firearms and explosives detection
  • Tracking suspects and searching crime scenes
  • Search and rescue operations

Crisis Negotiation Team

A highly-trained team deployed to de-escalate:

  • Kidnappings
  • Barricaded persons

Special Tactical Operations

A specially-trained team that responds to:

  • Public order events and unlawful assemblies
  • Natural or human-caused emergencies
  • Major events and community safety patrols

Forensic Identification Services

Provides investigative support such as:

  • Identification, collection, and preservation of physical evidence found at crime scenes
  • Scientific analysis and interpretation of forensic evidence
  • Forensic imaging services, including facial compositions, skull reconstructions, aging and restorations

Explosives Disposal Unit

Provides investigative support such as:

  • Disarmament and disposal of improvised explosive devices and other devices
  • Explosives clearance of buildings and automobiles for high-level VIP visits
  • Disarmament and disposal of unwanted, abandoned, or illegal possession of commercial explosives

Integrated Technological Crime Unit

A highly-trained team tasked with providing:

  • Specialized technological expertise for investigations into crimes using digital devices
  • Forensic analysis of electronic media and digital devices
  • Interpretation of digital data to support criminal intelligence

Underwater Recovery Team

Provides investigative support such as:

  • Search and recovery
  • Evidence retrieval

Emergency Response Team

A highly-trained team deployed to resolve high-risk situations such as:

  • Armed and barricaded persons
  • High-risk searches and arrests
  • Aircraft or marine interventions
  • VIP and witness protection duties

Internet Child Exploitation Unit

An integrated team with highly-trained investigators tasked with :

  • Proactively and retroactively seeking out child predators online
  • Locating and assisting child victims of sexual abuse
  • Identifying those criminally responsible, capturing electronic evidence and recommending charges
  • Conducting undercover and peer-to-peer investigations
  • Leading provincial Internet Child Exploitation investigations, and liaising with national/international police forces and agencies
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