National Police Week is an opportunity for police to take stock and celebrate our accomplishments and successes. RCMP employees are called upon to respond to tense, sometimes dangerous situations where they are required to make quick decisions in the interest of public safety. Uniformed or not, they do this everyday with courage, professionalism and compassion of which they deserve to be very proud.
This year's theme for National Police Week, May 9-15, is "Working together to keep our communities safe." The theme recognizes the collaborative efforts of police, first responders, as well as community and social organizations to keep our communities healthy and safe. There can be no doubt that all police have depended on the expertise and experience of these critical partners to ensure the best outcome in an incident.
We believe the RCMP is a great Canadian institution. It's why over 30,000 proud employees choose to work here. But we also know that we can be better. Canadians deserve and expect us to keep striving to be our absolute best. Recently, there have been increasing calls for policing organizations to modernize that will enable police to better meet the needs of all communities we serve. The RCMP's Vision150 plan is how we are going to get there. As our commitment to building a better RCMP for everyone, Vision150 includes initiatives that will strengthen our work with partners and communities, so that we continue to deliver the best possible services for the well-being of all Canadians.
This National Police Week, I want to thank Canadians for their continued support of the RCMP and all other first responders, community and social organizations. We continue to work hard to make important changes and advancements within the RCMP and we know that together we're moving the RCMP into the future.