Policing in Richmond is contracted to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The Province of British Columbia has entered into an agreement with the Government of Canada to employ the R.C.M.P. to carry out the duties of a provincial police force. The City has in turn entered into an agreement with the Province of British Columbia to employ the R.C.M.P. to carry out the duties of a local police force in the City of Richmond.
The R.C.M.P. Richmond Detachment assists in the setting of policy regarding policing for the City, in consultation with City Council, senior staff and community consultation groups. The City sets policing budgets and priorities regarding the policing services for the City. In addition, the City provides the necessary buildings and administrative support staffing.
The R.C.M.P. provides the following services: law enforcement, crime prevention programs, victim services, youth section, and a youth intervention program.