In a recent Globe and Mail Article, the RCMP pay council put it to the Federal Government that RCMP members should get a 10% wage increase to recruit and retain the best employees.
They are wrong.
They are wrong because...
It should be 20%.
The RCMP need people. They need good people, very good people!
Let's take an RCMP member in Alberta. Most members in Alberta are from out of province.
The only province who consistently pays it's police forces less than the RCMP is Quebec.
The Ontario Provincial Police pay more. Most big city police forces pay more.
What's to stop an RCMP officer outside of Calgary, or Vancouver, or Edmonton, or Saskatoon, or Regina from walking away from the RCMP, joining the city force, and getting an automatic 10-15 % raise just for showing up to a different location to work.
What's to stop someone from Ontario from taking a raise so they can go back home and be closer to their friends and families.
Conversely, what police force wouldn't want someone with police training and policing experience to join them? They don't have to train the person, much. They get a prepared employee ready to work. All the benefits, and the only cost being their regular police salary.
If I ran a local police force, I'd be poaching such people. What they pay extra in salary, they save in training costs.
An RCMP officer might think twice about the move if they knew they were the best paid. If they knew they worked with the best people because they were the best paid.
Beyond what I've outlined above, the RCMP as an organization are responsible for a lot more than a typical police force. They spearhead the bigger projects, the nation-wide policing and law-enforcement initiatives. Anti-terrorism, anti-fraud, child exploitation, organized crime.
That's where the RCMP comes in. They need the smartest, the best, the leaders who can gel with the other police forces and be the link-up to help solve the complicated, national and international crimes.
If you want second rate recruits, go ahead, keep paying them like they are. If you want to create an organized, competent, specialized, and multi-faceted National Police Force, cough up the money to recruit, and just as importantly, retain them.