Royal Canadian Mounted Police
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (Also known as the R.C.M.P. or Mounties) operate in Federal, Provincial, and Local/Municipal capacities across Canada. Canada is divided into 15 organizational units known as divisions, British Columbia falls under the jurisdiction of the E-Division. E-Division, headquartered in Vancouver, is the largest R.C.M.P division comprised of 126 detachments and over 5,000 officers.
Within British Columbia, the R.C.M.P. use a large number of different communication systems. In the Lower Mainland, the detachments utilize the digital 800Mhz EDACS WARS system. In the Greater Victoria and southern Vancouver Island regions the digital VHF APCO25 CREST system is utilized. Most other places in the province use standard VHF based communications. In the past few years rollout of new narrow banded VHF systems and in-car data terminals has occurred. Encryption is also now very common within systems that support it.
Lower Mainland District
The Lower Mainland District is the largest R.C.M.P. district in the province by size of population. It covers heavily populated urban areas such as Burnaby and Surrey, to more rural areas such as the Sunshine Coast and Pemberton. The district consists of the entire Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley up to Boston Bar, the Sunshine Coast and Whistler/Squamish. A map can be found on the R.C.M.P. E-Division website. It should be noted that E-Divsion HQ, the Pacific Region Training Center and a number of other R.C.M.P. services are located within the bounds of E-Division.
There are 8 R.C.M.P. municipal detachments operating in Metro Vancouver. These include:
- North Vancouver
- White Rock
- Ridge Meadows
All 8 of these detachments currently use E-Comm WARS for their radio communications. This system is Ma/Com EDACS with analog control channels and digital Provoice modulated voice channels. It is presently unmonitorable by any commercially available scanner.
E-Division headquarters and some of the integrated teams (Like the IHIT and IMPACT) use APCO-25 digital encrypted on VHF for some of their traffic.
There are 10 detachments in the Lower Mainland district that operate out of Metro Vancouver. These include:
- Boston Bar
- Bowen Island
- Sunshine Coast
These detachments all operate on narrow banded VHF. Some also have in-car data terminals, with further data terminal roll out planned.
The Island District spans Vancouver Island, its related coastal islands and the north half of the Sunshine Coast located on the mainland. The Island has a population of approximately 750,000. Slightly less than half of these live in the communities that are incorporated within the Capital Regional District. Outside of this area, the cities range from Port Hardy in the north, North Cowichan/Duncan in the south, Port Alberni on the west coast and Powell River on the north Sunshine Coast. The Island detachments vary in size from policing large municipal contracts to the smaller rural detachments and Aboriginal communities.
Sharing a border with Alberta and the United States, “E” Division’s Southeast District is an economically and socially diverse section of British Columbia.
Primarily situated among scenic mountains and rugged terrain, the Southeast District is seeing rapid growth in tourism and an increasing population of retirement aged residents, drawn to the area’s beauty. In order to police this changing environment, the 28 detachments and 20 sub-detachments actively pursue partnerships with the cities, towns and Aboriginal communities we serve. It is these partnerships that foster the active lines of communication allowing the Southeast District RCMP to align with the strategic policing priorities that are important to those that we serve.
Bordered by the Pacific Ocean on the west, Alberta on the east and the Yukon Territory to its north, North District represents the upper two thirds (72%) of the province of BC. The rapid economic and social growth, exploration, development, and tourism in North District are just some of the factors we consider when strategically plan policing needs.
There are over 40 Detachments and satellite support units working with our contract partners to provide policing services and programs to a diverse area that includes coastal communities, mining towns, major cities and isolated Aboriginal communities, summer getaways and traffic corridors. More than 1,100 RCMP employees work and live in North District.
General Terms and Definitions
- Bar check & walk through
- B.C. drivers license
- BC Plate
- Breathalzyer test
- Caution Charlie
- Communicable Disease
- Caution Echo
- Escape Risk
- Caution Mike
- Mental Instability
- Caution Sierra
- Caution Victor
- Caution Foxtrot
- Familiy/Firearms Violence
- Criminal Name Index (See databases)
- Computerized Integrated Information Dispatch System
- Code 1
- Respond Routine
- Code 2
- Respond ASAP, no emergency gear
- Code 3
- Respond ASAP, emergency
- Code 4
- Radio Control
- Code 5
- Danger, High Risk, Guns drawn
- Code 6
- Hostage Situation
- Canadian Police Information Centre
- Drivers License
- Dead on Arrival
- Date of Birth
- Emergency Health Service
- Emergency Mental Health
- Emergency Response Team
- Failure to Appear
- Gone on Arrival
- Motor Vehicle Act or Accident
- Motor Vehicle Incident
- Road block or speed trap
- Pointer Vehicle
- Vehicle under observation
- Peace Officer
- Property Reference
- Police Information Retrieval System
- Police Records Information Management Environment
- Police Reporting and Occurrence System
- Red Zone
- Restricted Area or Aboriginal Reserve.
- Property Reference
- Registered Owner
- Remote Office and Dispatch System
- No lights or sirens
- Roadside Screening Device
- Return to Office
- Section 23.5/24
- Mental Health Act background
- Filling up with gas
- Theft from auto
- Temporary Operating Permit
Radio 10 Codes
10-0: Radio Check 10-1: Signal Check 10-2: Signal Good 10-3: Stop Transmitting 10-4: Affirmative 10-5: Relay (To) 10-6: Busy 10-7: Out of Service 10-8: In Service 10-9: Say Again 10-10: Negative 10-11: Roadside Check 10-12: Stand by (Stop 10-13: Existing Conditions 10-14: Prepare to Copy 10-15: Message Delivered 10-16: Reply-To-Message 10-17: Enroute 10-18: Urgent 10-19: (In) Contact 10-20: Location 10-21: Call by land line 10-22: Disregard 10-23: Arrived at Scene 10-24: Assignment Completed 10-25: Report to... 10-26: ETA 10-27: Drivers License Info 10-28: Vehicle Registration Info 10-29: Records Check 10-30: Danger/Caution 10-31: Pickup 10-32: # Units Needed 10-33: Officer in Trouble 10-34: Time Check 10-35: Off Duty 10-36: On Duty 10-37: Returning to Office 10-38: 10-39: 10-40: Possible Hit 10-41: Warrant/Info Confirmed 10-42: Person in Parole Cat. 10-43: Person in Charged Cat. 10-44: Person in Elope Cat. 10-45: 10-46: 10-47: 10-48: 10-49: 10-50: M.V.A. 10-51: 10-52: 10-53: 10-54: 10-55: 10-56: 10-57: 10-58: Drug Overdose 10-59: Suicide/Homicide 10-60: Danger/Alarm 10-61: Coffee Break 10-62: Meal Break 10-63: At the Office 10-64: Ambulance 10-65: Escorting Prisoner 10-66: Prisoner Escort Required 10-67: Unauthorized Listener 10-68: Impaired Driver 10-69: Check Vehicle/Person 10-70: Request Supervisor at Scene 10-71: Sending to ROADS 10-72: Alarm/Serious Crime 10-73: Advise Situation Status 10-74: False Alarm 10-75: Change Frequencies 10-76: On Portable 10-77: At Residence 10-78: At Office 10-79: Slow Computer Response 10-80: Record of Violence 10-81: Record of Robbery 10-82: Record of Weapons 10-83: Record of B&E 10-84: Record of Theft 10-85: Record of Drugs 10-86: Record of Sexual Offence 10-87: Record of Other Offence 10-88: 10-89: 10-90: 10-91: 10-92: 10-93: 10-94: 10-95: 10-96: Report of Homicide 10-97: Report of Sudden Death 10-98: Request Routine Cover 10-99: Unit on Call
- The Canadian Police Information Center is a networked computer database system operated by the National Police Service that federally links all law enforcement and justice partners in Canada. It commonly holds warrants, warnings, and other important information. The system carries information on Vehicles, Persons, Property, Marine Equipment, Criminal Records, Dental Characteristics, Inmates, and Wandering Persons. It also allows messaging between CPIC terminals. In recent years the system has been upgraded to provide web based access.
- The Criminal Name Index is not a separate database but is actually a query type made against the CPIC database. It is the lowest level and the one with quickest response. It generally indicates the presence of a criminal history record, with a further more detailed query needed to pull more information.
- The Computerized Integrated Information Dispatch System is the central dispatch organization system of the R.C.M.P. It integrates standard computer aided dispatch functions like messaging, incident logging, mapping with the ability to query the multitude of databases out there and interoperability with disparate radio systems.
- The Remote Office and Dispatch System is simply the mobile version of CIIDS. It allows remote access to many of the same application functions as a full CIIDS console. Amongst the most important data based queries, messaging, and mapping. Most access is via cellular networks via CDPD.
- The Police Information Retrieval System is an investigative information recording and retrieval system containing detailed information on all events reported to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and covers the entire organization. The database is commonly searched (By file number, address, name for example) for information on previous R.C.M.P. incidents.
- The Police Reporting and Occurrence System is the replacement system for PIRS. It will integrate the existing databases of the R.C.M.P. with new data sources and puts in place much more advanced capabilities. Search, archiving, and security features have all been enhanced.
- The Police Records Information Management Environment is a British Columbia specific real-time database system. It provides online access to law enforcement records, and is accessible by all provincial law enforcement agencies including the R.C.M.P.
With the exception of the Lower Mainland and Capital Regional District on southern Vancouver Island, the rest of the province uses a network of VHF repeater and simplex channels.
The same channels are used throughout the province, see the specific page for the town you are interested in to determine what is in use in that area.
If in doubt, plug in all the frequencies into your scanner and have a listen.
For the time being, many communities are still being broadcast in analog. However, the RCMP is upgrading their radio system to support P25 digital operation, so it is just a matter of time before a P25 scanner will be needed to listen (to the un-encrypted transmissions).
Lower Mainland District
Note: Repeaters "A" 139.245 and "N" 139.650 are now fully P25 digital encrypted as of Oct 2009
North and Southeast District