Around the World

These articles feature a comparative look at policing across the globe. 

Around the World 5.1

Source: “Cadet training program brief overview,” and “Corporate facts,” Royal Canadian Mounted Police, 2011 (

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is a national police service that has approximately 26,000 employees, including sworn, civilian, and public service employees. Strategic priorities include organized crime, terrorism, youth, economic integrity, and serving Aboriginal communities. The RCMP is unique because it is a national, federal, provincial, and municipal policing body.

Cadet training involves a 24-week, basic training course and then a 6-month Field Coaching Program under the supervision of a field coach. The Cadet Training Program consists of 785 hours in the following areas:

  • Applied police sciences: 373 hours
  • Detachment visits, exams, etc.: 115 hours
  • Police defensive tactics: 75 hours
  • Police driving: 65 hours
  • Firearms: 64 hours
  • Drill, deportment, and tactics: 48 hours
  • Fitness and lifestyle: 45 hours

The Capra Model is an operational application of the RCMP’s vision and mission . . . and combines commitment to communities and clients, problem solving in partnership, and continuous learning. The acronym CAPRA stands for:

  • C = Clients
  • A = Acquiring and analyzing information
  • P = Partnership
  • R = Response
  • A = Assessment for continuous improvement