Find out about improved relations between the RCMP and Yukoners

Yukon Police Council

The Yukon Police Council (YPC or the Council) acts as a liaison between Yukon citizens, the Department of Justice and the RCMP "M" Division. The Council relies on feedback from Yukoners to the Minister of Justice when policing priorities are being drafted.

YPC is a citizen-based council established from the recommendations from Sharing Common Ground, the final report of the Review of Yukon’s Police Force 2010.

The Yukon Police Council’s main roles are to :  

  • ensure that a broad representation of Yukon citizens have input into the Territorial Police Service objectives, priorities and goals established by the Minister of Justice;
  • provide advice that the Minister of Justice may consider when establishing policing objectives, priorities and goals pursuant to the Territorial Police Services Agreement; and,
  • increase the flow of information between citizens, the Department of Justice and “M” Division of the RCMP.  

Read the Yukon Police Council 2018–19 Annual Report.

Sharing Common Ground is the final report of the review of Yukon’s police force. The report has 33 recommendations that:

  • respond to citizens’ concerns raised during the review; and,
  • outline the foundation to establish a new relationship between Yukoners and the RCMP.

Provide input on the policing services provided in your community. Share your feedback year-round with us via mail or e-mail:

Email:
yukonpolicecouncil@gov.yk.ca

Mail:
Yukon Police Council Secretariat
Box 2703 J-10
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6

Steps to implement all 33 recommendations

The recommendations are implemented by:

  • the Department of Justice;
  • the Yukon RCMP (“M” Division); and
  • the Council of Yukon First Nations (CYFN).

Other community organizations also help to implement the recommendations:

  • the Northern Institute of Social Justice;
  • Kwanlin Dün First Nation
  • a coalition of women’s organizations; and
  • other groups.

Completed recommendations

Arrest Processing Unit (APU)

A new Arrest Processing Unit (APU) replaced RCMP detachment cells for detained people. This facility:

  • was built at the Whitehorse Correctional Centre; and
  • provides a high standard of care.

Yukon Police Council

The Yukon Police Council was established. There are 7 members on the council, 3 of whom are always chosen from Yukon First Nations. This council provides the structure to ensure Yukoners have a say about the policing services they receive.

Independent investigations of serious incidents involving RCMP

The governments of Yukon and Alberta negotiated an agreement for investigations of serious incidents involving the RCMP. Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) now investigates these incidents.

Ongoing actions


Selecting a community detachment commander

Community members can help to choose a new detachment commander.

Response to domestic violence and sexualized assaults

The Yukon RCMP established an internal Specialized Response Unit that focuses on improved responses.

Increasing numbers of women and First Nations people in the RCMP

A career-orientation program for First Nation citizens and women who are interested in a career in law enforcement was developed by:

  • the Northern Institute of Social Justice;
  • the RCMP;
  • the Council of Yukon First Nations (CYFN); and
  • the Department of Justice. 

Read the report

Sharing Common Ground Final Report on Implementation

Contact: 

For questions about Sharing Common Ground, email: yukonpolicecouncil@gov.yk.ca, or phone 867-393-6475 or toll free 1-800-661-0408 ext. 6475.