RCMP's contract policing is headed for a federal review

The federal government is promising to review the RCMP’s contract policing obligations as critics question the national police force’s role in communities.

In his mandate letter, new Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino has been asked to “conduct an assessment of contract policing in consultation with provinces, territories, municipalities, Indigenous partners and stakeholders.”

The promise of a review comes after years of headlines about systemic racism and excessive use of force in the RCMP, and reports of harassment in the ranks.

Mounties are assigned to contract policing in roughly 150 municipalities, all three territories and in all provinces except Ontario and Quebec. The RCMP’s current policing agreements — municipal, provincial and

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