Government of Yukon and RCMP announce policing infrastructure plans

The Minister of Justice and Yukon RCMP Commanding Officer have agreed to a capital plan that will guide investments in Yukon’s policing infrastructure until 2022.

The plan includes a new detachment building in Carcross and renovations to the police buildings in Ross River and Faro.

In parallel with the capital plan, the Government of Yukon and Yukon RCMP have also committed to new regional operational models in Faro and Ross River, as well as in Haines Junction, Burwash Landing and the Destruction Bay corridor, to create more unified community policing approaches and to optimize RCMP resources.

We want to see all Yukon communities thrive, so it’s important to make smart capital investments that are paired with operational priorities that reflect the realities of policing needs across the territory. Working together with the RCMP we’ve created a capital plan that will help foster safer, stronger communities and meet the current and future policing demands in Yukon.

Minister of Justice Tracy-Anne McPhee

Policing in Yukon continues to evolve. It’s important that we remain flexible to new service delivery models, so we can maintain our ability to respond to Yukon’s unique policing requirements. This can only be achieved through ongoing and honest discussions with our policing partners. Providing proper facilities for our employees will have a positive impact on the work we carry out in these communities.

Yukon RCMP Commanding Officer Chief Superintendent Scott Sheppard

Quick facts 
  • Consultations with the community regarding the new Carcross detachment will commence this fiscal year, in advance of the project planning phase. The project will be led by the RCMP in close consultation with the departments of Justice and Highways and Public Works and the Carcross Tagish First Nation.

  • Under a new operational model, Faro and Ross River will function as one policing region. Both communities are being served by five members out of the hub detachment in Ross River and a satellite office in Faro. Work will be required to retrofit both detachments in order to accommodate the new policing model.  Specific timelines with respect to project planning, design and construction will be established soon.

  • An additional RCMP member is being deployed to the Haines Junction detachment in order to support the increased policing demands in Burwash Landing and the Destruction Bay corridor, the need for greater highway enforcement, and to assist on initial responses associated with the international border.

  • Investments in policing infrastructure in the territory are governed under the 20-year Territorial Police Service Agreement between Canada and Yukon.

Media contact 

Janine Workman
Cabinet Communications

Megan Foreman
Communications, Justice

Coralee Reid 
Communications, Yukon RCMP  

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