Island RCMP officers help in Moncton

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RCMP Sgt. Leanne Butler received some cards while visiting Summerside Friday from Sara, left, and Chloe Jay. Butler says some P.E.I. Mounties are filling in for Codiac RCMP in Moncton for the next couple of weeks.

As Moncton’s RCMP officers take time off to deal with the deaths of three of their own, some of their colleagues in P.E.I. have gone to New Brunswick to help fill in.

RCMP Sgt. Leanne Butler said all of the Atlantic provinces were working together to fill the needs in Moncton without impacting service delivery in their home provinces.

As for how many officers from P.E.I. are working in Moncton,

Butler wouldn’t say.

“We will never give out numbers to anybody,” she said.

On June 4, a gunman shot and killed three RCMP officers in Moncton and injured two others. It led to a manhunt that shut down part of the city and brought police officers from around the region to Moncton to help with the search.

The RCMP eventually arrested Justin Bourque, who has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder.

To help recover from the events, all of the Codiac RCMP’s officers were given leave for two weeks. When it comes to working in another province, Butler said as part of a national force the RCMP officers from P.E.I. can serve anywhere in the country.

“It’s very easy for us to go in and help and we’re always very happy because you never know when you may be the ones looking for help yourself.”

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Moncton, P.E.I., New Brunswick

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