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New Brunswick and the RCMP
share a rich history dating
back to 1932.

Today the RCMP provides front-line service to 70% of New Brunswickers through 39 detachments and that cover over 97% of the province’s landmass. The over
860 RCMP Officers in the province are always working to protect
people and communities across the province.

Fund a functional Emergency Air Support Service that will help citizens 24/7

The RCMP’s Atlantic Region Air Services (ARAS), based in Moncton, currently operates only two aircraft for all four Atlantic provinces. Only one of these aircraft is equipped with thermal imaging equipment to provide air services at night. Recommendations from the Mass Casualty Commissions report called for 24/7 operational capacity in the Atlantic region in a coordinated approach with other services. To achieve this, the four Atlantic provinces and the Government of Canada must work together to develop and implement an Emergency Air Services Strategy. Implementing such a strategy would support all police, fire, and search and rescue services across the Atlantic region including New Brunswick.

Improve public mental health services to keep police focused on core policing.

Members of the RCMP have increasingly been called on to fill the gaps created by a lack of funding for mental health and social services. New Brunswickers, and RCMP officers, want to see more funding for services that help alleviate pressures on vulnerable Canadians and, by extension, the police. From 2016-2021 the number of mental health-related calls increased by 57%, meaning RCMP officers are spending more time on mental health calls and related follow-up, and less time on things like crime prevention, investigations, and community outreach. Police calls responding to someone in crisis are not always routine, and can vary in complexity. Crisis Response Teams, comprising a mental health professional and a police officer, have been proven to be successful in many provinces. In New Brunswick, the Province should expand the Mobile Mental Health Crisis Units (MMHCU) to more communities.

RCMP and New-Brunswick:
An intertwined history

The RCMP’s initial headquarters were established in Fredericton at the historic Old Government House. This marked the beginning of a partnership that has endured for decades, symbolizing the commitment of RCMP Members to serving and protecting the people of New Brunswick.

Today, RCMP Members in New Brunswick play a vital role in maintaining public safety, enforcing laws, supporting community well-being, and contributing to national security.

The NB RCMP strives to strengthen community engagement and collaboration as key components to addressing crime and implementing proactive initiatives. This is done in partnership with RCMP officers, partner agencies, local leaders, and community members who all work together. The RCMP is involved in many community policing program, but most notably those related to Indigenous policing, drug awareness, youth safety, and
Crime Stoppers.

The RCMP’s history in New Brunswick is marked by a legacy of dedication, adaptability, and service. As it continues to evolve, RCMP Members remain an integral part of the Province’s fabric, working tirelessly to ensure the safety and well-being of the people they serve.

Get the Facts

  • Members of the RCMP are proud to be part of their communities and communities are proud of the RCMP. 71% of New Brunswick residents and nearly 80% of NB contract partners are satisfied with RCMP Member’s policing service.
  • Currently, there are ~860 Members serving New Brunswick through 39 detachments.
  • The New Brunswick RCMP Members police 97% of the province and almost 70% of the population. This includes the most rural and remote areas in New Brunswick.
  • The workload for the NB RCMP rises year after year. In 2022, New Brunswick RCMP received 151,051 calls for service, up 44% from in 2013.

The RCMP’s Specialized
Policing Services

While the RCMP provides general duty services to many New Brunswickers, as the provincial police service, they also provide critical operational support services to the RCMP, other law enforcement agencies and criminal justice partners, as well as national and select foreign organizations. The RCMP’s specialized policing services include:

  • 114 specialized policing professionals in 21 areas of expertise, ready to deploy 24/7
  • Explosive Disposal Unit: 4 post-blast investigators, 5 explosives forced entry experts, and 5 homemade explosives investigators
  • Emergency response Team: 16 frontline specialists who undergo 1,000 hours of training annually
  • Special Tactical Operations: 70 frontline policing specialists
  • Major Crime Unit
  • Underwater Recovery Team
  • Police Dog Services

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