STATEMENT OF OBJECTIVES
Maintaining the confidence of Canadians in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is essential.
Members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are responsible for the promotion and maintenance of good conduct in the Force.
This Code of Conduct sets out responsibilities, consistent with section 37 of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act, that reinforce the high standard of conduct expected of members of the Force.
- 1.1This Code applies to every member of the Force and establishes responsibilities and the standard of conduct for members, on and off duty, in and outside Canada.
- 2.RESPECT AND COURTESY
- 2.1Members treat every person with respect and courtesy and do not engage in discrimination or harassment.
- 3.RESPECT FOR THE LAW AND THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
- 3.1Members respect the law and the rights of all individuals.
- 3.2Members act with integrity, fairness and impartiality, and do not compromise or abuse their authority, power or position.
- 3.3Members give and carry out lawful orders and direction.
- 4.DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- 4.1Members report for and remain on duty unless otherwise authorized.
- 4.2Members are diligent in the performance of their duties and the carrying out of their responsibilities, including taking appropriate action to aid any person who is exposed to potential, imminent or actual danger.
- 4.3Members on duty are fit to perform their duties and carry out their responsibilities and are not impaired by drugs, alcohol or other substances.
- 4.4Members properly account for, and do not alter, conceal or destroy, without lawful excuse, any property, money or documents coming into their possession in the performance of their duties.
- 4.5Members are properly dressed and equipped and maintain their personal appearance in accordance with applicable Force policies.
- 4.6Members use government-issued equipment and property only for authorized purposes and activities.
- 5.USE OF FORCE
- 5.1Members use only as much force as is reasonably necessary in the circumstances.
- 6.CONFLICT OF INTEREST
- 6.1Members avoid actual, apparent or potential conflicts between their professional responsibilities and private interests.
- 7.DISCREDITABLE CONDUCT
- 7.1Members behave in a manner that is not likely to discredit the Force.
- 8.1Members provide complete, accurate and timely accounts pertaining to the carrying out of their responsibilities, the performance of their duties, the conduct of investigations, the actions of other employees and the operation and administration of the Force.
- 8.2Members who are under investigation, arrested, charged, or convicted for a breach of any Canadian or foreign law report this fact to a supervisor as soon as feasible.
- 8.3Members, unless exempted by the Commissioner, take appropriate action if the conduct of another member contravenes this Code and report the contravention as soon as feasible.
- 9.CONFIDENTIALITY AND PUBLIC STATEMENT
- 9.1Members access, use and disclose information obtained in their capacity as members only in the proper course of their duties and abide by all oaths by which they are bound as members.
- 9.2Members abide by their duty of loyalty and refrain from making public statements criticizing the Government of Canada or the operations or administration of the Force, except where authorized by law.
- 10.POLITICAL ACTIVITY
- 10.1Members engaging in political activities abide by any applicable rules and government and Force policies.
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