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RCMP

 

The RCMP is Canada's federal police agency and provides the following services under its federal policing portfolio:

Source: RCMP Federal and International Operations web page

In addition to federal policing the RCMP provides a variety of Programs and Services to the provinces and territories, and to the citizens of Canada. 

The following links provide further information on the RCMP:

RCMP Detachments

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Canadian Forces Military Police

 

A Career as a Military Police Officer

 

WHAT THEY DO - Military Police with the Canadian Forces (CF) serve a community of approximately 200,000 Regular and Reserve Force members, National Defence civilian employees, cadets, and family members residing on military establishments in Canada and abroad.  Military Police, in conjunction with civilian and allied military police forces, protect and support all components of the CF. With over 1,440 full-time members, they form one of the largest police agencies in Canada.

 

The international scope of the CF requires that Military Police provide services to the same standard as every other Canadian police service in Canada and around the world. Military Police Officers provide leadership and professional direction to Military Police members, and manage available resources and equipment.  Military Police Officers assist senior commanders with:

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Training

 

Basic Officer Training

The first stage of training for a successful applicant is the Initial Assessment Period and Basic Officer Training Period (BOTP) at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. Topics covered include general military knowledge, the principles of leadership, regulations and customs of the Canadian Forces, basic weapons handling, and first aid.    A rigorous physical fitness program is also a vital part of basic training. Opportunities will also be provided to apply such newly acquired military skills in training exercises involving force protection, field training, navigation and leadership. Basic Officer Training is provided in English or French and successful completion is a prerequisite for further training.

 

Second language training is available following BOTP course; depending on the second language proficiency of the candidate, it may take from two to nine months.

 

Professional Training

Professional Training starts with an eight-week Common Army Phase training conducted at the Combat Training Centre in Gagetown, New Brunswick.  This course introduces CF operations in austere environments and basic tactical planning and manoeuvring.  Military Police Officers then attend Military Police Officer Qualification at Canadian Forces Base Borden, Ontario. This course is six months long and some of the subjects taught are:

 

 

Specialty Training

As Military Police Officers advance in their career, they may choose to refine their skills through specialized courses. Specialty Training takes place at the Canadian Police College, Military Police Academy and other police training agencies.

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Specialty Training Courses

Career Development

Following successful completion of Occupational training, candidates will undergo a one-year provisional employment, or internship period, consisting of two phases: a police management phase and an investigation phase. Once they complete this provisional employment period they then can expect to be posted to a Military Police Unit where they will be responsible for:

 

 

Working Environment

Military Police provide around-the-clock service to the military community and may be deployed on military operations anywhere in Canada or around the world, including areas suffering due to armed conflict or natural disasters. They participate in humanitarian support operations, peacekeeping, peacemaking or war fighting, and encounter traumatic events and austere living and working conditions. \Military Police are trained to exercise sound judgement and cope with frequently changing situations while remaining alert.

 

Military Police Detachment Commanders also support their local military communities in prevention, detection and investigation of crime, and take leadership roles in community policing projects involving partnerships with community support agencies and neighbouring law enforcement agencies. Additionally, Military Police Officers can be expected perform the following duties:

 

 

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A Career as a Non-Commissioned Member

 

WHAT THEY DO - Military Police with the Canadian Forces (CF) serve a community of approximately 200,000 Regular and Reserve Force members, National Defence civilian employees, cadets, and family members residing on military establishments in Canada and abroad. Whether at home on CF bases or abroad on international missions, Military Police, in conjunction with civilian and allied military police forces, protect and support all components of the CF. Canadian Forces Military Police (CFMP) with over 1,440 full-time members, form one of the largest police agencies in Canada.

 

The international scope of the CF requires that Military Police provide services in Canada and around the world. All Canadian citizens are entitled to the same rights, privileges and protection under Canadian law, and Military Police are qualified to provide these services to the same standard as every other Canadian police service. Military Police routinely function within the civilian criminal and military justice systems, and are recognised as peace officers in the Criminal Code of Canada.

 

The primary responsibilities of the Military Police are to:

Training

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Basic Military Qualification

The first stage of training for a successful applicant is the Basic Military Qualification (BMQ) course held at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. This training provides the basic core skills and knowledge common to all occupations. A goal of this course is to ensure that all recruits maintain the CF physical fitness standard; as a result, the training is physically demanding.

 

Basic Occupational Qualification Training

After successful completion of the BMQ course, candidates will be  promoted  to Corporal and then attend a six month Military Police Qualification course held at the Canadian Forces Military Police Academy, at CFB Borden, Ontario. Over a six-month period, they will learn the basics of Canadian civilian and military law, investigative techniques, and acquire skills necessary to perform daily Military Police functions. The basic Military Police course involves some of the following subjects:

 

Candidates who successfully complete Basic Military Police Training will be assigned to a Military Police detachment in Canada for a one-year provisional employment, or internship period, where specially trained coach-officers will monitor, mentor and guide them through a formal accreditation process leading to their Military Police certification. The provisional-employment period will cover all aspects of police response, investigation and administration that junior Military Police members encounter in their day-to-day duties.

 

Specialty Training

As they progress in their career, personnel who demonstrate the required ability and ambition may undertake training through formal courses or on-the-job training. Specialty training may also be available.

Specialty Training Courses

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Career Development

Once Military Police personnel complete their initial Qualification Training at the Canadian Forces Military Police Academy, they are posted to a field unit or base as a probationary Corporal. As this point in their career is a developmental period, they are mentored by more senior personnel of the unit.  As they gain experience and time in the trade they can be promoted to Master Corporal and be in charge of a Patrol Shift at a Guard House, a section of MPs in a Field Unit or be posted as a junior investigator to the National Investigation Service. 

 

As personnel continue in the trade, gain experience, attend specialty courses and maintain a high level of performance, promotions will normally follow.  MPs can be promoted at various stages within their career to the rank of Sergeant, Warrant Officer, Master Warrant and ultimately Chief Warrant Officer.  At each rank level, duties and responsibilities vary and supervision of subordinates and specific unit functions increase exponentially.

 

At the more experienced rank levels of Warrant Officer and Master Warrant Officer which will take anywhere from 15 to 20 years of experience and acquired trade and leadership qualifications to obtain, you can be expected to supervise 30 to 40 more junior personnel performing a variety of Policing functions depending on the type of unit. 

 

Working Environment

Military Police provide around-the-clock service to the military community and may be deployed on military operations anywhere in Canada or around the world, including areas suffering due to armed conflict or natural disasters. They participate in humanitarian support operations, peacekeeping, peacemaking or war fighting, and encounter traumatic events and austere living and working conditions. They are required to overcome physical dangers, with flexibility, innovation and perseverance.

 

Most Military Police members work outdoors, on foot or in a vehicle, exposed to all climatic conditions. They may spend prolonged hours in a vehicle while responding to service calls, or work indoors meeting people, taking statements or completing necessary documentation. They are frequently subjected to physical and mental stress in situations that require them to exercise their lawful authority. Military Police are trained to exercise sound judgement and cope with frequently changing situations while remaining alert.

 

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