Yukon's Policing Priorities

  1. 2020–21 Policing Priorities
  2. 2019–20 Policing Priorities

The Minister of Justice identifies policing priorities for Yukon RCMP on a yearly basis.  These are based on the work provided by the Yukon Police Council and the Department of Justice.

  1. 2020–21 Policing Priorities

    1. Improve engagement to increase public trust

    The primary objectives for this priority include:

    • Trust – so that RCMP members are visible and approachable to the public.
    • Proactive engagement – so that RCMP members commit to outreach, interactions with partner agencies, and collaboration with First Nations resulting in meaningful engagements that are focused on the needs of all Yukoners.
    • Response – so RCMP members are able to contribute to a trauma-informed focus that supports unbiased, respectful and culturally sensitive police response.
    • Wellness – since police are exposed to some of the most challenging and traumatic events in the course of their work, the RCMP must advance self-care, mental health and member wellness strategies as being essential for all members of the RCMP.
    • Public awareness – the RCMP must contribute to public education related to individual rights and responsibilities when interacting with the RCMP. This will help to promote safety and comfort during RCMP interactions. Education sessions should include information on how to make an effective complaint and how to offer comments about RCMP conduct.

    2. Strengthen supports for vulnerable persons and victims of violence, and continue the implementation of SART services

    The primary objectives for this priority include:

    • Continuing to implement the Government of Yukon’s Sexualized Assault Response Team (SART) in Yukon communities, including training for front line RCMP members who are investigating sexualized assault.
    • Strengthening Yukon’s existing support network for vulnerable persons through increased coordination and cooperation with relevant government departments and non-government organizations. Possibly implementing a case management or situation table approach (in the spirit of FOCUS, the Forum for Collaboration and United Services) as a tool to this end.
    • Engaging with youth and working collaboratively with partners to recognize and increase support for children and youth who may be vulnerable to violence, child exploitation, or the influence of organized crime.
    • Fostering recognition within the RCMP that a consistent culture of compassionate and trauma-informed interaction with vulnerable persons and victims is necessary to address the undercurrents of fear and mistrust related to the RCMP.

    3. Foster meaningful relationships with First Nations, including Elders, and throughout the communities

    The primary objectives for this priority include:

    • Strengthening lines of communication between First Nations, community members and the RCMP to ensure that the delivery of policing services is professional, dedicated and responsive to the needs, traditions and cultures of Yukon First Nations.
    • Engaging partner First Nations to develop meaningful policing priorities for each community participating in the First Nations Policing Program.
    • Including First Nations in the screening processes for RCMP members who are going to communities, and ensuring that new police officers receive a community orientation delivered in collaboration with First Nations, community leaders and other local stakeholders.
    • Supporting RCMP members in all detachments to contribute to community safety planning processes undertaken by their communities.
    • Refining the RCMP’s role to help maintain healthy, safe communities; alongside other community supports such as the auxiliary policing program, community safety officers, community safety guards, and the Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods unit (SCAN).

    4. Continue enforcement efforts to combat serious, drug-related, and organized crime

    The primary objectives related to this priority include:

    • Enhancing the response to, and investigations of, violent crime.
    • Enhancing the response to, and investigations of, territorial crime connected with the drug trade and/or criminal groups.
    • Collaborating with other agencies such as the City of Whitehorse Bylaw Services, the Government of Yukon’s SCAN Unit, and First Nations Community Safety Officer programs to develop proactive approaches that combat organized crime.

    5. Increase the use of restorative justice practices in Yukon

    • Ensuring that we explore options for pre-charge diversion in all communities, and that the RCMP consider diversion whenever appropriate community supports are in place.
    • Engaging with First Nations Community Justice workers proactively, in a manner that enables them to collaborate in community-led restorative justice initiatives.
    • Working towards the Government of Yukon’s commitment to increasing the use of restorative justice practices by five per cent.
  2. 2019–20 Policing Priorities

    1. Create the foundation for effective policing in Yukon

    This priority encompasses a total policing philosophy as it lays the foundation for the other four priorities. It is meant to be an overarching principle to guide and direct core policing functions and behaviours. The primary objectives include the following.

    • RCMP members are visible and approachable to the public.
    • Foster public trust in the RCMP by enriching the public’s understanding of policing in Yukon.
    • Collaboration with partner agencies and First Nations results in meaningful engagement focused on the needs of all Yukoners.
    • A trauma-informed focus supports unbiased, respectful and culturally sensitive/aware policing responses.
    • The RCMP continue to train members to ensure a compassionate, respectful and appropriate response to all situations, with specific focus on sexualized assault, domestic violence and sexual exploitation.
    • Efforts are made to recruit police officers who are a good fit for each community.
    • As police are exposed to some of the most challenging and traumatic events through the course of their work, support and focus on self-care and mental health is essential for all members of the RCMP.

    2. Enhance prevention, investigation and enforcement activities related to violence against women

    • The investigative response to all cases of sexualized assault and violence is empathetic, compassionate and carried out to a high standard.
    • The Specialized Response Unit will continue to support, provide advice and lead investigations where appropriate while working collaboratively with other agencies.
    • Supporting the development and effective implementation of the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART).

    3. Proactively respond to serious and organized crime

    • Respond to emerging crime trends through proactive and intelligence-led policing.
    • Drug investigations and enforcement are focused on all levels of the drug trade throughout the territory.
    • Continue to focus on enhancing the response to and investigations of violent crimes in the territory connected with the drug trade and criminal groups.
    • The Historical Case Unit will investigate the unsolved homicides in Yukon.

    4. Engage with and support children and youth

    • Build trusting relationships with children and youth in collaboration with other service providers.
    • Enhance community policing presence, engagement and programming within the education system.
    • Work collaboratively with partners to recognize and work with at-risk youth who may be vulnerable to the influence of the drug trade and other serious crime.

    5. Foster meaningful relationships within First Nations and throughout the communities

    • Lines of communication between the First Nations, communities and the Yukon RCMP continue to be strengthened.
    • Constructive dialogue and relationship building remains a priority of all detachments.
    • Local orientation of new police officers is consistently carried out in close coordination with First Nations, community leaders and other stakeholders.
    • Creation of Community Tripartite Agreements and Letter of Expectations for First Nations Communities.