Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. R-10)

Act current to 2014-09-15 and last amended on 2013-06-19. Previous Versions

PART ICONSTITUTION AND ORGANIZATION

Composition of Force

Marginal note:Police Force for Canada

 There shall continue to be a police force for Canada, which shall consist of officers and other members and be known as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

  • R.S., c. R-9, s. 3.
Marginal note:Employment of Force

 The Force may be employed in such places within or outside Canada as the Governor in Council prescribes.

  • R.S., c. R-9, s. 4.

Commissioner

Marginal note:Appointment
  •  (1) The Governor in Council may appoint an officer, to be known as the Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who, under the direction of the Minister, has the control and management of the Force and all matters connected therewith.

  • Marginal note:Delegation

    (2) The Commissioner may delegate to any member any of the Commissioner’s powers, duties or functions under this Act, except the power to delegate under this subsection, the power to make rules under this Act and the powers, duties or functions under section 32 (in relation to any type of grievance prescribed pursuant to subsection 33(4)), subsections 42(4) and 43(1), section 45.16, subsection 45.19(5), section 45.26 and subsections 45.46(1) and (2).

  • R.S., 1985, c. R-10, s. 5;
  • R.S., 1985, c. 8 (2nd Supp.), s. 2.

Officers

Marginal note:Other officers
  •  (1) The officers of the Force, in addition to the Commissioner, shall consist of

    • (a) Deputy Commissioners,

    • (b) Assistant Commissioners,

    • (c) Chief Superintendents,

    • (d) Superintendents,

    • (e) Inspectors,

    • (f[Repealed, R.S., 1985, c. 8 (2nd Supp.), s. 3]

    and such other ranks as are prescribed by the Governor in Council.

  • Marginal note:Maximum number

    (2) The maximum number of officers in each rank shall be as prescribed by the Treasury Board.

  • Marginal note:Commissions

    (3) The Governor in Council may

    • (a) appoint any person to the rank of an officer;

    • (b) authorize the issue of a commission under the Great Seal to an officer on the officer’s first appointment to the rank of an officer;

    • (c) by way of promotion appoint an officer to a higher rank; and

    • (d) by way of demotion appoint an officer to a lower rank.

  • R.S., 1985, c. R-10, s. 6;
  • R.S., 1985, c. 8 (2nd Supp.), ss. 3, 24(E).

Other Members and Supernumerary Special Constables

Marginal note:Appointment and designation
  •  (1) The Commissioner may

    • (a) appoint members of the Force other than officers;

    • (b) by way of promotion appoint a member other than an officer to a higher rank or level for which there is a vacancy in the establishment of the Force;

    • (c) where the Commissioner is requested by any department of the Government of Canada or considers it necessary or in the public interest, appoint for a period not exceeding twelve months at any one time special constables supernumerary to the strength of the Force for the purpose of maintaining law and order; and

    • (d) designate any member, any supernumerary special constable appointed under this subsection or any temporary employee employed under subsection 10(2) as a peace officer.

  • Marginal note:Ranks and levels

    (2) The ranks and levels of members other than officers and the maximum numbers of persons that may be appointed to each rank and level shall be as prescribed by the Treasury Board.

  • Marginal note:Revocation of appointment

    (3) The Commissioner may at any time revoke the appointment of any supernumerary special constable appointed under subsection (1).

  • Marginal note:Certificates

    (4) The Commissioner may issue

    • (a) a certificate to any member stating that the person to whom it is issued is a member of the Force and, if that person is also a peace officer, that the person is such an officer; and

    • (b) a certificate to any other person appointed or employed under the authority of this Act stating that the person to whom it is issued is a peace officer, if that person has been designated as such under subsection (1).

  • Marginal note:Evidence of appointment or designation

    (5) Any document purporting to be a certificate referred to in subsection (4) is evidence in all courts and in all proceedings of the facts stated therein.

  • R.S., 1985, c. R-10, s. 7;
  • R.S., 1985, c. 8 (2nd Supp.), s. 4, c. 1 (4th Supp.), s. 45(F).