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.