The future of policing in the City of Moncton is currently under review by city council. As a result, there has been much discussion about the current policing model, what future models may look like and how such models could be implemented if there is a decision to move away from the current regional policing model.
As the Officer in Charge of Codiac Regional RCMP, I feel I have a responsibility to set the record straight as a result of recent editorials and stories published in the Times and Transcript newspaper which have questioned the RCMP’s lack of involvement in the monetary and contractual arrangements with the City of Moncton.
The current debate over the future of policing in Moncton, and by extension the communities of Dieppe and Riverview, involves complex issues and goes beyond the jurisdiction of the RCMP. I want to help clarify the role of the RCMP in determining any future policing model for Moncton and its neighbouring communities.
- The RCMP is a service provider and not a signatory to any police service agreement.
- The current policing services agreement was agreed to and signed by the Codiac Regional Policing Authority ( The CRPA is an independent governance body at arm’s length from the RCMP with representation from Moncton, Riverview, Dieppe and the Province of N.B.), the New Brunswick Government, and the Government of Canada.
- Since the RCMP is a contracted service provider, it has no say on the details of any contract between the municipalities, the Government of New Brunswick and the Government of Canada.
- The RCMP has no involvement in the cost sharing agreement between the three communities, as that is determined by the municipal governments.
- The RCMP has and will provide operational, financial and administration information to all parties who will sign a police service agreement.
- Any discussions pertaining to the renewal of, or creation of a police service agreement are between the Government of Canada and Provincial Government representatives.
- The Federal Government, not the RCMP, determines which municipalities, policed by the RCMP, are eligible to receive federal funding of 10% towards their policing costs.
Moncton City Councillors have been clear that the quality of policing provided by the Codiac Regional RCMP is not at question. Their concern is solely the cost. While there are minimum policing standards for a community the size of Moncton, the RCMP can only prepare proposal(s) for alternate service delivery models for Moncton once the community has identified the policing services it wants in place to ensure a safe and secure community. The contractual details are between the City of Moncton, the Government of New Brunswick and the Government of Canada.
I continue to maintain the fact, further confirmed by the consultants hired by the City of Moncton, that the current regional policing model is the best option for Moncton, Dieppe and Riverview. I remain hopeful that a resolution can be found to ensure this model of policing excellence continues for many years to come.
Superintendent Wayne Gallant
Codiac Regional RCMP Officer in Charge