Ottawa, Ontario – The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is renewing its core values. We’re taking action to make sure they are modern, inclusive, and resonate with employees and the diverse communities we serve.
The RCMP completed a review of its current core values in consultation with employees, Indigenous nation builders and stakeholders. Five core values were identified to guide our actions going forward:
Act with integrity: We conduct ourselves ethically, and do so with honesty, dignity, and honour.
Show respect: We treat all people with fairness. We value and promote reconciliation, diversity and inclusion by being considerate of the democratic rights, history and lived experiences of others.
Demonstrate compassion: We care for each other and the communities we serve by approaching each situation with empathy and a genuine desire to help.
Take responsibility: We are transparent about our decisions and actions and hold ourselves accountable for the results and impacts.
Serve with excellence: We commit to continuous learning, and work collaboratively with colleagues, communities, and partners to provide and support innovative and professional policing services.
The renewed core values incorporate important feedback received throughout the consultation process, while maintaining elements of the core values that were adopted in 1997. They are put into action in the RCMP’s first-ever organizational values statement, which is our ethical commitment to ourselves and the communities we serve:
We are your RCMP
We commit to keeping our workplaces and communities safe and to bringing out the best in ourselves.
We put these words into action to strengthen our relationships and earn trust and confidence by acting with integrity, showing respect, demonstrating compassion, taking responsibility, and serving with excellence.
The RCMP is taking a phased approach in applying the renewed core values that will look to employees for their input for a coordinated and holistic implementation across the organization.
The first phase is to conduct an environmental scan with the support of representatives from across the organization, which will be followed by engagement sessions with employees and bargaining agents.
The information collected will inform an action plan to roll out the renewed core values across the RCMP by our 150th anniversary next year.
I’m determined to bring about positive, lasting change in the RCMP. Renewing the RCMP’s core values reinforces our commitment to strengthening trust and accountability with all Canadians, and brings us one step closer to reaching this goal. – Commissioner Brenda Lucki
Renewing the RCMP’s core values
In March 2021, employees participated in an internal survey on the RCMP’s current core values. Following this in June and July 2021, 30 internal and external engagement sessions were completed with various diverse groups where we listened and heard what is expected of the RCMP in our workplaces and with the communities we serve.
The renewed core values are informed by the feedback received from employees, Indigenous nation builders, and community stakeholders. Action words were added to each value to better define the expectations of all employees.
The following considerations went into the renewed values and their definitions:
Act with Integrity:
Respondents advocated to keep integrity as a core value; they stated without integrity you don’t have a police service
Feedback suggested that honesty, while an important value, would be better framed within the context of integrity
Honour links to Indigenous teachings, especially the Seven Grandfather Teachings, which focus on personal honour and what it means to live a good life
Participants universally agreed that respect must be a fundamental policing value
The definition is strengthened by the RCMP’s EDI and Reconciliation strategies
The reference to “democratic rights” links to both the RCMP motto “Maintiens le droit” and the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector
Participants emphasized that respect must include how we treat each other and keep our workplaces safe and healthy
Compassion was considered a foundational value, which is the action of caring for each other and the genuine desire to help
Participants wanted to add empathy in the definition for compassion
Empathy was valued by many nation builders and stakeholders, as it emphasizes the importance of understanding the perspective of others
While accountability was seen as an important value, many participants pointed out that accountability is often interpreted to apply to outcomes
Many participants identified responsibility as an action-oriented word that would apply to the entire decision-making process and would be an easier concept to measure
Participants emphasized that everyone should be responsible for the results and impacts of their decisions and actions
Many participants wanted to see transparency, especially with decisions
Vision150 also advocates for “transparent and accountable governance” as part of the “Our Culture” pillar
Serve with Excellence:
Participants repeatedly pointed out situations where a person can be professional in terms of comportment and image, but fail to demonstrate any other value such as respect or compassion
Professionalism is seen as an expected part of the job, which is different than a value and more of a foundation
Participants reminded us that serving the public – whether directly or behind the scenes – is at the core of what we do as professionals
It was important for all categories of employees to see themselves in this definition of providing excellence in policing services, which we all contribute to in our many roles
Service also references the sacrifice we often make in this profession to serve others
Continuous learning was highlighted as an important component of a profession
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