Police (RCMP) Services
Salmon Arm Detachment
The Salmon Arm RCMP Detachment is committed to ensuring the safety of the community. As the policing environment becomes more complex, preserving the peace, upholding the law and providing quality service is achieved by focusing on the strategic priorities. These priorities are set through consultation with our community.
Salmon Arm is policed by the Royal Mounted Canadian Police (RCMP). Salmon Arm Detachment is part of the South East District, in "E" Division (British Columbia) of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
The staff sergeant in charge of Salmon Arm Detachment reports to the district officer, South East District, who is based in Kelowna. The South East District RCMP Headquarters provides assistance, direction and asset support to Salmon Arm Detachment, such as the Operational Communications (Dispatch) Center, an RCMP helicopter, RCMP police dog services and specialized support such as homicide investigators and Emergency Response Team assistance, should the need ever arise.
Salmon Arm Detachment is responsible for policing responsibilities within the municipality of Salmon Arm as well as the regional area of Columbia Shuswap Regional District. The communities within the district include those of:
- Blind Bay
- Cedar Heights
- Eagle Bay
- Grandview Bench
- Larch Hill
- Notch Hill
- Shuswap Lake Estates
- Silver Creek
- White Lake
Moreover, the detachment provides service to three First Nations Communities that are part of the Secwepemc Nation:
- Adams Lake Band
- Little Shuswap Lake Band
- Neskonlith Band
The policing mandate is to enforce the Criminal Code and various federal and provincial statues such as CDSA (drugs), Canada Shipping Act (boat operation regulations), Motor Vehicle Act and the Liquor Control and Licensing Act. Bylaw enforcement is also undertaken in the absence of bylaw enforcement officers.
Salmon Arm Detachment has a variety of strategic options for addressing the priorities of the detachment and the community and to ensure that we have a safe and caring community. The detachment provides specific programs and services to address community needs. Our human and material resources are deployed as efficiently as possible to provide quality service delivery.
The detachment encompasses three sections:
- General Duty - Includes day-to-day policing and traffic enforcement
- General Investigation - Actively targets specific crimes and individuals involving drugs, serious assaults, major thefts
andother high-profile cases
- Traffic - Primarily involves Motor Vehicle Act enforcement such as seat belt, speeding and accident investigation
RCMP Auxiliary Constables
The RCMP Auxiliary Constable Program consists of volunteers that assist by providing complimentary policing service to the community. Following successful completion of the six-month training program, these auxiliary constables have peace-officer status when performing policing duties. Supplemental training is provided on an ongoing basis to ensure they remain conversant in RCMP policies and procedures. The duties of the auxiliaries are both operational and
These persons work with uniformed members to conduct foot patrols, conduct business checks during the evening, provide information to public groups and are a resource for several community activities such as high school graduations, Roots and Blues Festival and Canada Day celebrations.