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Police keep watch on a house as they search for a heavily armed gunman following the shooting of three Mounties in Moncton, N.B., on June 5, 2014. A review of the shooting rampage in Moncton that killed three Mounties and wounded two others last year is being released today. The RCMP says it will also respond to recommendations included in the report prepared by retired assistant commissioner Phonse MacNeil.
Key recommendations from report on fatal shootings of Mounties in Moncton
Some of the key recommendations in a report released Friday on the fatal shootings last year of three Mounties in Moncton, N.B.:
- Better training is needed to prepare supervisors to manage such incidents until a critical incident commander assumes command.
- General duty officers who are trained in the use of a long-barreled gun where they are available must ensure the weapon is in their vehicle while on duty.
- Firearms must be stored with sufficient ammunition.
- All officers should receive a briefing and demonstration on the appropriate use of hard body armour.
- The Codiac detachment in southeast New Brunswick should look at radio coverage outside of central Moncton because there are areas with gaps in coverage.
- Officers should be allowed to use plain language on radio communications instead of a code system in urgent situations.
- Members of the RCMP need better access to ammunition for practice.
- The RCMP should consider broadening its support for initiatives that support young people with mental illness.
- The RCMP's critical incident stress management team should include experienced psychologists who understand policing, experienced RCMP peer support personnel, RCMP chaplains and nurses trained for such situations.
- The RCMP should expedite the deployment of patrol carbines, a type of assault rifle used by the military and many police departments, across the force.