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RCMP Reserve Program

Insp. Norm Goulet has provided the following information taken directly from the Admin. Manual of the Force.  -  If you are interested, please contact Insp. Goulet direct.   

Insp.Normand GOULET, OIC CDRA - OR CPPRR, Division "J" Division
off/bur:  (506) 452-3833, cell: (506) 470-6342, fax: (506) 451-6054

I would ask that this be part of a fan out as well in the event other members are interested.
Gary B



A. 1. National Staffing Policy Directorate, Human Resources Sector.


B. 1. Financial Administration Act.

B. 2. RCMP Act and Regulations.

B. 3. II.4., Pay and Allowances.

B. 4. II.11., Learning and Development.

B. 5. II.9., Work Schedules and Shifts.

B. 6. II.1., Recruiting.

B. 7. TBC Security Policy, Personnel Security Standard.



D. 1. The Reserve Program is a human resource management tool which will
form part of the overall RCMP strategy to provide police services. The
Program will initially be a pilot project in "E" Division for two years, to
be re-assessed after one year. It will eventually address national
short-term resource pressures related to emergencies, major and special
events, temporary resource shortages, sick leave, training, maternity and
parental leave, leave with or without pay, suspensions, international
policing commitments and temporary population increases.

D. 2. When a reservist is called up for duty to perform general duty and
traffic services as defined within the reserve policy, he/she will be
appointed to the rank of constable and will be paid the pay and allowances
established for that rank.

D. 3. A reservist will be appointed on an "as and when required basis" for a
maximum of three years as outlined in Sec. 9.(4), RCMP Regulations.

D. 4. A reserve member called up for training or duty, will be deemed a
member of the RCMP for the purposes of the RCMP Act and Regulations. The
provisions of Part I, RCMPAct apply to a reserve member as though the
reservist were a member.

D. 5. In accordance with Sec 10.(2) RCMP Regulations, a reserve member when
called up for duty, has the powers, duties and functions of a regular

D. 6. A reserve member must be of good character, have the necessary
physical qualities and meet such other qualifications for appointment as the
Comissioner may, by rule, prescribe. See Sec. 11., RCMP Regulations.

D. 7. The Commissioner may call up a reservist for training or duty at such
times as the Commissioner considers it expedient to do so. However, a
reservist cannot be called up for training for more than three months in
each year.

D. 8. A reserve member cannot work in excess of one year during the three
year appointment to the reserve pool.

D. 9. A reserve member will work sporadically for approximately four months
annually with at least two clear week's non-remunerated breaks between
his/her four month employment periods.

D. 10. For purposes related to a national emergency, e.g. major catastrophe,
all necessary steps will be taken to ensure that these emergency
appointments do not exceed six months in duration without a clear break of
at least two weeks between appointments.

D. 11. A reservist who wishes to resign from the Reserve Program before the
expiration of his/her period of appointment, must give a month's notice, in
writing, to the Reserve Program Coordinator.

D. 12. The Commissioner/delegate may refuse to permit a reserve member to
resign while the member is on duty during an emergency situation, unless
exigent circumstances exist for the member.

D. 13. An applicant to the Reserve Program will comply with the recruiting
policy outlined in II.1.D.

D. 14. When called up for duty, the reserve member will adhere to the RCMP
Act and Regulations and follow the direction of his/her commander/delegate.

D. 15. Treasury Board of Canada and RCMP Conflict of Interest Guidelines
apply to reservists.

D. 16. A reserve member will wear RCMP Service Order No. 1 while called up
for duty.
Review Order will not normally be provided. Commanders must provide a
business case and have the funding for any other uniform required. See UDM

D. 16. a. A firearm must be provided to the reserve member at the start of
his/her shift and must be returned to the commander/delegate at the
conclusion of the shift. Firearms will be on the RCMP Reserve Program unit
inventory and assigned to a designated location as directed by division
directives. The firearms must be stored in accordance with firearms

D. 16. b. General duty, RCMP-approved, operational equipment must be
provided to the reserve member when deployed operationally.
Regional/Divisional Reserve Program Coordinators/delegates will administer
the assignment of the following equipment and ensure storage complies with
any applicable legislation: oleoresin capsicum spray, expandable baton,
conducted energy weapon, handcuffs, and any RCMP approved specialized

D. 16. c. The Regional/Divisional Reserve Program Coordinator must ensure
the reservist equipment inventory is properly maintained.

D. 17. A reserve member will maintain an approved member's notebook during
deployment. The member's notebook will remain the property of the RCMP, see
OM II.1.G.

D. 18. A reservist may be called up in different regions and programs.
Contracting partners will be subject to applicable commitments as outlined
in the Provincial Policing Service Agreement/Municipal Policing Service
Agreement (PPSA/MPSA).

D. 18. a. When deployed in an emergency policing situation, the costs for
reserve members services will be in accordance with Article 8, PPSA.

D. 19. In accordance with recruiting policy, the RCMP is committed to
providing effective  police services that are appropriate, sensitive and
equally responsible to all segments of Canada's diverse society. To ensure
integrity of operations, excellence in service and the overall reputation of
the RCMP, eligibility requirements must be met in order to hire the right
number of motivated and qualified people.


E. 1. The purpose of the Reserve Program, in conjunction with the overall
Human Resources Management, is to provide temporary deployment and backfill
support to general duty and traffic services under the following resourcing

E. 1. a. maternity and parental leave;

E. 1. b. RM vacancies due to medical leave as identified in HSO directives,
leave with or without pay or suspensions;

E. 1. c. special events (see OM I.3.P.1.) and emergency situation as defined
by PPSA and MPSA;

E. 1. d. international policing commitments;

E. 1. e. major events (see PRPM 8.D.2.); and

E. 1. f. temporary population increases.

E. 2. The deployment of reservists must not hinder RM developmental

E. 3. The definitions applicable to this chapter are outlined in App.


F. 1. The regional D/Commr. and COs are responsible for:

F. 1. a. establishing a Reserve Program within their regions/divisions when
deemed appropriate;

F. 1. b. appointments to the Reserve Program within their designated

F. 1. c. for those regions/divisions choosing to establish a Reserve
Program, assigning a coordinator to administer and manage the program; and

F. 1. d. establishing monitoring systems to ensure compliance with RCMP
directives, and conducting an annual review of the program.

F. 2. The Regional/Divisional Reserve Program Coordinator is responsible

F. 2. a. administering and managing the Reserve Program;

F. 2. b. maintaining a reservist list on HRMIS;

F. 2. c. liaising with district officers and managers for resource needs and
assessing  requests for resources to ensure compliance with directives;

F. 2. d. retaining structured resumes, personnel files and statistics;

F. 2. e. liaising with Regional Departmental Security Sections and ensuring
reservists meet and continue to meet security clearance requirements while
eligible for call up;

F. 2. f. coordinating assessments;

F. 2. g. ensuring Reserve Program resources are used in compliance with RCMP

F. 2. h. ensuring reserve members remain qualified according to mandatory
and in-service training requirements and other training as directed by

F. 2. i. directing code of conduct matters to line officers;

F. 2. j. ensuring the infrastructure to manage the Reserve Program is
established and maintained;

F. 2. k. maintaining and administering accountability systems to ensure
compliance with RCMP directives; and

F. 2. l. coaching and mentoring reservists.

F. 3. The district officer and line officer/delegate are responsible for:

F. 3. a. reviewing reservist requests within his/her area of responsibility
to ensure they comply with RCMP directives; and

F. 3. b. forwarding staffing requests (form 2285) and the Reserve Request
for Deployment (form 4259), with the appropriate recommendation to the
division S&PO for assessment.

F. 4. The detachment commander/delegate is responsible for:

F. 4. a. identifying resource needs consistent with financial affordability
and forwarding requests to the district officer, line officer/delegate;

F. 4. b. providing reasons why a reservist is required and how other avenues
to use RMs have been exhausted; and

F. 4. c. conducting reservist performance assessments, including hours
worked and duties performed.

F. 5. The HSO/delegate is responsible for ensuring all applicable health
assessments and tests are completed.

F. 6. Regional Corporate Services is responsible for:

F. 6. a. managing the financial matters of the Reserve Program and ensuring
funding remains within provincial spending authorities;

F. 6. b. ensuring the use of reservists for uniformed duties will be tracked
and included in the detailed reconciliations at the end of each fiscal year;

F. 6. c. ensuring all indirect and direct costs applicable to the reserve
members are identicalto all other members according to the agreement.

F. 7. In addition to mandatory in-service training, reserve members may have
to complete other training in accordance with provincial legislation or
divisional practices.

F. 8. The division Reserve Program Review Board (DRPRB) will report to the

F. 8. a. The DRPRB is responsible for conducting a review of the Division
Reserve Program when requested to do so concerning any contentious issue
that cannot be handled by the Reserve Coordinator.

F. 8. b. The DRPRB is responsible for conducting a complete annual review of
this program to ensure adherence to the Reserve Program directives and how
reserve members are deployed.

F. 8. c. The DRPRB will be comprised of the following members: IC Reserve
Program/delegate, SSR, IC Corporate Planning Client Services, and IC Human


G. 1. General

G. 1. a. All reserve members must be able to meet security clearance
guidelines and medical profile standards.

G. 1. b. All ex-members must have a clear two-week break from the RCMP
before they can apply to the Reserve Program.

G. 2. Former Member Applicants

G. 2. a. When a former member applies as a reservist within one year of
voluntary retirement/resignation as an RM and has a minimum of six months of
service, conduct a file review including medical and discipline files,
complete form 2222, and provide recommendations for further processing.

G. 2. b. A former member is exempt from writing the RPAB and suitability

G. 2. c. A former member, as stipulated in G.2.a. who applies as a
reservist, is exempt from a security/reliability interview.

G. 2. d. If a member returns to the Reserve Program within one year of
leaving the RCMP and has more that six months of service, he/she must meet
the active regular member medical profile. He/she must participate in PARE
and meet the same PHA standards as an active member, not a cadet or

G. 2. e. When a former member, other than one stipulated in G.2.a., applies
as a reservist, the procedures outlined in II.1.H.4. will apply.

G. 2. f. When a former member, other than one stipulated in G.2.a., applies
as a reservist, a security/reliability interview must be conducted.

G. 3. Other Police Applicants

G. 3. a. For an applicant who is a graduate of a provincially licensed
police training institution and a former member of another Canadian police
service, refer to the Lateral Entry Protocol available from National
Staffing Policy Directorate.

G. 3. b. An applicant who is a graduate of a provincially licensed police
training institution and has less than two years of policing experience will
not be accepted to the Reserve Program.


H. 1. The Regional Departmental Security Section will review the clearance
status of all reservist applicants with the Regional/Divisional Reserve
Program Coordinator and ensure update or initial security clearance
requirements are met in accordance with XI.2. and the clearances are valid
for the duration of each reservist's period of eligibility for call up as
set out in D.3.


I. 1. Learning and development directives outlined in II.11. apply to the
RCMP Reserve Program.

I. 2. If an RM wishes to become a reservist and is then admitted to the
Reserve Program upon retirement or voluntary favourable discharge:

I. 2. a. In the last year of regular service, the member must have full
knowledge and understanding of the Incident Management Intervention Model,
and successfully complete the following bona fide occupational requirements:

1. annual firearms qualification;

2. valid standard first aid certificate from an organization approved under
Canada Ocupational Safety and Health Regulations, Canada Labour Code;

NOTE: A list of approved organizations is available from the National Head-
quarters Learning and Development Branch.

3. chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear (CBRN) training; and

4. public and police safety qualifications (expandable baton, oleoresin
capsicum spray, carotid control and conducted energy weapon).

I. 2. b. In the last year of his/her RM service, the member will review the
Functional Competency Profile for General Duty Police Investigators and
identify specific competencies that need to be improved. The member will
then access the relevant activities (on-line resources and courses) proposed
on the RCMP online learning web site to obtain the required knowledge and

I. 2. c. In compliance with the Canada Labour Code, Part II, supervisors of
reserve members will ensure that reservists complete the following
qualifications when applicable: 9 mm service pistol, CPR annually, oleoresin
capsicum spray, expandable baton, carotid control and First Aid (every three

1. Reserve members must also complete the periodic health assessment
including PARE as required. See AM II.19.

2. Supervisors must also ensure that reserve members the following items:
uniform (according to dress regulations), service pistol, handcuffs,
oleoresin capsicum spray, expandable baton, identification card, and valid
driver's licence.

I. 2. d. Reserve members are responsible for their continuous learning.

I. 2. e. At the discretion of the commander, a reserve member may be
required to complete an individualized field coaching program.

I. 3. If a former member retired or resigned on or after 1995-01-01, wishes
to become a reservist and is accepted in the Reserve Program:

I. 3. a. Before being hired, an applicant must obtain, at his/her own
expense, a valid standard first aid certificate from an organization
approved under the Canada Occupational Safety and Health Regulations, Canada
Labour Code.

I. 3. b. Before being hired, the former member must meet the requirements
outlined in II.1.H.4.

I. 4. If a former member who retired or resigned before 1995-01-01, wishes
to become a  reservist and is accepted in the Reserve Program:

I. 4. a. Before being hired, an appliant must obtain, at his/her own
expense, a valid standard first aid certificate from an organization
approved under the Canada Occupational Safety and Health Regulations, Canada
Labour Code.
I. 4. b. A former member may have to successfully complete the Lateral Entry
Training Program and meet the requirements in II.39.I.2.a. and d.

I. 5. If a police officer from another police agency wishes to become a
reservist and is accepted in the Reserve Program:

I. 5. a. Before being hired, an applicant must obtain, at his/her own
expense, a valid standard first aid certificate from an organization
approved under the Canada Occupational Safety and Health Regulations, Canada
Labour Code. See II.39.I.2.a.2.

I. 5. b. He/she must successfully complete firearms qualification, SARP (if
needed), the Lateral Entry Training Program and meet the requirements in

I. 5. c. A reservist who served in another police agency must complete an
individualized field coaching program.


J. 1. Pay

J. 1. a. A reserve member will be paid at the maximum constable rate of pay.

J. 1. b. A reserve member will not be paid for designated holidays. Instead,
the reserve member will be paid 4.25 percent for all straight time hours

J. 2. Overtime

J. 2. a. A reserve member will be compensated for overtime only when the
commander requires the employee to work overtime. Overtime will only be paid
for time worked in excess of a 40-hour work week.

J. 2. b. A reserve member does not control the duration of the period that
he/she works overtime.

J. 2. c. The commander must certify the duration of the overtime worked and
authorize the compensation.

J. 2. d. A reserve member is not be entitled to LTO.

J. 3. Leave

J. 3. a. In lieu of annual leave, a reserve member will be paid four percent
of his/her regular and overtime pay.

J. 3. b. A reserve member injured while on duty must complete form 3414 and
applicableWorkers' Compensation forms.

J. 3. c. A reserve member will be granted injury-on-duty leave without pay
for such reasonable period as may be determined by the commander when the
injury or illness is authorized by Workers' Compensation Board.

J. 4. Other Benefits/Salary Adjustments

J. 4. a. A reserve member, when called up for training or duty, must be
covered under a specific life and dismemberment insurance in the amount of
$100,000. The Reserve Program Coordinator/delegate will administer this
contract. An applicant must pay for this insurance at his/her own expense.

J. 4. b. A reserve member is entitled to receive a retroactive salary
adjustment upon a revision of salary as if the salary had been revised when
the employee was on strength.

J. 4. c. A former employee must request in writing retroactive payment from
the RCMP

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