Text: Canadian police in peacekeeping missions: Domestic benefits
Royal Canadian Mounted Police identifier
Text: Deputy Commissioner Gilles Michaud
Federal Policing, RCMP
[Deputy Commissioner Gilles Michaud]: Canada's international police peace operations program is one of the most robust in the world.
[Canadian police peacekeepers marching on parade in Haiti, standing at attention, saluting.
Map of the world with continents: North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, Antarctica.
Text: Canadian police peace operations efforts include:
International peace support operations
International criminal courts and tribunals
Short-term police training initiatives
Bilateral police development projects
Post-disaster and crises rapid response activities]
Since 1989, over 3,800 Canadian police officers from municipal, provincial and national law enforcement agencies have worked in more than 66 peace operations in 33 countries. Their efforts support foreign countries experiencing conflict and instability to move toward peace and stability.
[Canadian police peacekeeper providing firearms training to an individual on a boat in Haiti; UN trucks driving on a dirt road.]
In places like Ukraine, the West Bank and Haiti, our police officers train and mentor local police. They help them develop programs to reduce violence, to fight organized crime and to investigate sexual and gender based violence.
Canadian police are in high demand due to their expertise and capabilities. And our role in these operations continues to be flexible in order to meet the security needs of the host country.
[Canadian police peacekeepers providing firearms training in Haiti; Canadian peacekeeper speaking with a group of individuals from the Brazilian military.]
[Narrator]: While on mission, police officers develop professionally and personally through opportunities they would not have at home. This experience not only benefits them and their police service, but it also impacts the communities and the people they serve in Canada.
Testimonial: Chief Jean-Michel Blais, Halifax Regional Police
[Text: Chief Jean-Michel Blais, Halifax Regional Police
Missions: Haiti (x2)]:
We've seen individuals who are in a better position to lead; their leadership skills have changed dramatically. They've had to deal with individuals from all different types of countries and specifically those individuals they were working with in missions.
[Two Canadian police peacekeepers stand with members of the Edupol Community Police in Haiti; two Canadian police peacekeepers walk with an individual on a dirt road in Haiti]:
They learn from them, how to do things and how not to do things. And so when they come back, they are in a better position to be able to deal with the specific challenges of policing in Canada today. And they're also able to share those skills with other police officers.
Testimonial: Chief Inspector Pierre Allaire, Sûreté du Québec
[Text: Chief Inspector Pierre Allaire, Sûreté du Québec] Going on a mission raises their awareness of other cultures and helps them gain an understanding of different values and ways of doing things.
[Three Canadian police peacekeepers stand around a UN truck, chatting with the driver.]
It doesn't happen automatically, but I've certainly seen an improvement in the skills of our personnel, especially in terms of self-management, creating partnerships, decision-making and leadership, which have all grown stronger. I encourage police organizations that have the capacity to participate in international peace missions to get involved and share their resources.
Testimonial: Sergeant Rob Hagarty, Ottawa Police Service
[Text: Sergeant Rob Hagarty, Ottawa Police Service
Missions: Sudan, South Sudan]
Coming home, you're a different person. You've overcome such adversity.
[Sgt. Hagarty driving a police car in Ottawa; he stops a vehicle; gets out of his car and approaches the vehicle; Sgt. Hagarty types on the keyboard; a ticket is printed; Sgt. Hagarty speaks to the driver of the car.]
The growth was phenomenal and I was able to bring that back here. But I think as a leader, as a communicator, as a networker, you learn so much. And this has changed the way I go to work on a daily basis.
[Sgt. Hagarty speaking in his car.]: I honestly think everyone who is heading into a managerial or supervisor or leadership position should do a mission.
If given the opportunity, I would definitely go again. I wouldn't think twice about it. I think that there's still a lot for me to learn, and a lot for me to bring back to the Ottawa Police Service, and as well to the Ottawa community.
Testimonial: Constable Guy Samson, Service de police de la Ville de Montréal
[Text]: Constable Guy Samson, Service de police de la Ville de Montréal
Missions: Haiti (x4)
[Cst. Samson driving police car in Montreal; following a police van with its emergency lights activated; following four police vans with their emergency lights activated.]
For me, personally, I can tell you that it makes you a better police officer, a better person. We all bring something to the table, you work with people from different countries, you can't help but learn along the way. So you feed on everything they do, you take it all in, and you come home not only a better police officer, but a better person too.
Testimonial: Commander Pierre Landry, Service de police de la Ville de Montréal
[Text]: Commander Pierre Landry, Service de police de la Ville de Montréal
Missions: Afghanistan, Haiti
When people set out to do good around the world or in a given community, it's because that's who they are, it's innate. And, when they return, that passion isn't lost. It's what drives them, and those people will apply the same principles when they return to Quebec or Canada.
[Narrator]: [Canadian police peacekeepers providing firearms training to individuals in a field; view of a busy street corner with a market in Haiti, with trucks, motorcycles, pedestrians; Canadian peacekeeper speaks to a woman holding a toddler; Cst. Samson walking by fruit and vegetable stands in Haiti; Cst. Samson driving in Haiti.]
Participating on a mission serves as accelerated training. Police officers receive about two to three years of experience from a one-year deployment. Their responsibilities are often at a higher level than their duties at home, and they return to Canada with increased competencies and skills.
Testimonial: Detective-constable Michael Barkhouse, Halifax Regional Police
[Text]: Detective-constable Michael Barkhouse, Halifax Regional Police
My job here, like in Forensics, I feel that much more stronger when I go about making decisions, or even being responsible for the unit while my boss is away. He will sort of let a more senior person take charge while he's gone. Again, the roles in mission, where I was in charge there at certain times during the mission, help me take charge here.
Testimonial: Constable Annie Lemieux, Service de police de la Ville de Montréal
[Text]: Constable Annie Lemieux, Service de police de la Ville de Montréal
I was the team leader, like the supervisor. I was in charge of eight people, and that role led to other responsibilities which hardly seemed feasible to me when I deployed. But I developed, I grew, I realized that I had a bit more leadership skills than I'd given myself credit for.
Testimonial: Sergeant Robert Fox, Halifax Regional Police
[Text]: Sergeant Robert Fox, Halifax Regional Police
Mass murder scenes, I've had to process that and then you come back and deal with a homicide scene or a shooting. It's now that much easier because I've dealt with it on such a large scale, with people with different languages, different backgrounds, and different procedures and customs, that all of a sudden you realize how much easier it is to break a problem down and solve it back here.
[Narrator]: [Canadian police peacekeepers providing training in Ukraine; Cst. Samson in Montreal speaking with another police officer; a police officer exits his vehicle, behind him are two police officers blocking off a road, and two police cars with their emergency lights activated.]
The experience Canadian police officers gain while working on a mission impacts how they work when they come home. They find unique ways to approach people who live in the communities they serve. They are more aware and understanding of cultural differences.
Testimonial: Chief Superintendent Paula Dionne, RCMP
[Text]: Chief Superintendent Paula Dionne, Federal and International Special Services
The world that we live in today is different. Our Canada is different and it is made up of Canadians from all walks of life and from all different nationalities. And by sending peace officers abroad to work with various communities with cultural backgrounds that are different from what we're used to here in Canada, we enhance what policing skills we bring to our Canadian population.
Testimonial: Chief Inspector Pierre Allaire, Sûreté du Québec
[Text]: Chief Inspector Pierre Allaire, Sûreté du Québec
The pace of life in Haiti is nothing like in Montreal or our regions. It's completely different. Working with police officers from different countries allows us to build relationships, establish networks and share best policing practices, which can then benefit our organization.
Testimonial: Constable Narcisse Ano, Service de police de la Ville de Montréal
[Text]: Constable Narcisse Ano, Service de police de la Ville de Montréal
Mission: Côte d'Ivoire
[Cst. Ano with three other police officers search a building with their weapons drawn.]
One of the things I learned as a Canadian police officer on mission, one of the things we developed over there and that will stick with me here at home, is the approach to different communities. I worked with people from various cultures. It's important to take the time to listen, to notice differences and to respect those differences without changing the way we operate.
Testimonial: Sergeant Isobel Granger, Ottawa Police Service
[Text]: Sergeant Isobel Granger, Ottawa Police Service
[Sgt. Granger stands behind her colleague who is seated at a computer; he types; he answers the phone.]
I encourage anybody who wants to go on a mission. It takes you to another level of growth that I can't tell you in words. I think that when you send officers to… when you're law officers who go on peacekeeping mission, I think you bring back a more integrated person, who actually can give back more to their community. The experience and the level of learning and the return on investment for your home organization and for Canada, it's incredible.
Testimonial: Sergeant Colleen Mooney, Edmonton Police Service
[Text]: Sergeant Colleen Mooney, Edmonton Police Service
[Sgt. Mooney sits in her vehicle and uses her computer; she drives down a street in Edmonton.]
In any of the work internationally that I have done, I feel that I have brought home more and I have gained more than I've given. That wasn't what I set out for but that's inevitably how I have felt. My community here at home benefits from that when I come home. The gifts that we give to our international community, we gain those dividends coming home. And they are in relationship building. They are in increased personal competencies.
Narrator: [Sign on a door: Somali Centre for Family Services; Sgt. Granger sits around a table with four individuals]
Living and working in another country offers a completely different perspective. Police officers learn about the local population and culture. They live by seeing and experiencing the reality of the host country. This experience makes Canadian police officers well-rounded and better able to understand and relate to the people they serve at home, bringing tremendous value to their police service.
Testimonial: Deputy Commissioner Gilles Michaud
[Text]: Deputy Commissioner Gilles Michaud
Federal Policing, RCMP
Participating in international peace operations is beneficial for police officers and their police services as it leads to safer homes and communities here in Canada.
[Canadian police peacekeepers and members of the Haitian National Police stand around a picnic table in Haiti, reviewing a map; a sailboat is being approached by a bigger boat with Canadian police peacekeepers and Haitian National Police onboard.] By deploying our Canadian police officers to address criminality in failed and fragile states, we can help limit the reach of certain crimes and prevent them from spreading to Canada.
Keeping Canadians safe is the foundation of Canada's international policing efforts.
[Text]: The RCMP thanks its partners for their participation in this video:
Halifax Regional Police
Sûreté du Québec
Ottawa Police Service
Service de police de la Ville de Montréal
Edmonton Police Service
We also thank our colleagues in RCMP "K" Division, Alberta,
and our peacekeepers in Haiti and the Ukraine.
Copyright 2017 Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada
As represented by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
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