RCMP faced number of challenges in hunt for Justin Bourque in Moncton

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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.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Moncton, Montreal, Nova Scotia New Brunswick

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  • JUDITH HARROWER
    January 18, 2015 - 13:22

    The recommendations are nearly all common sense. Is it that the RCMP has become too large in numbers of officers or numbers of what they are responsible for, spying, counter-intelligence, narcotics, gangs, surveillance, criminal background information, and regular policing in vast areas of Canada? Couldn't agre more with recommendations, from open common language between all law enforcement agencies which was a hinderence in the Ottawa shootings, to intnse training in use of and aiming precisely their firearms. In the Ottawa scenario inexperienced officers fired countless rounds off while one ex-RCMP officer calming retrieved his gun, went back and AIMED precisely at the suspect - all it took was one bullet. Back to communications which need to include dispatchers who relay ALL information to responding officers asa in this case did the dispatcher tell the first five that the suspect was armed like "Rambo"? That could have slowed the five down and more information given to them - and yes proper body armour could have saved lives. But just getting high power assault weapons will not resolve the lack of training, precise use of weapons, officers being taught how to control their own emotions, thinking rather than reacting, implementing alternative means in addressing high stressful situations. One knows that policing is primarily routine, and gets boring too, and seldom if ever do scenarios like this come up. But with today's culture of violence in media there is the liklihood of the youth resorting to employing what they watch daily. Instead of wasting what financial resources you, the RCMP, are alloted spend more on basics, training, maocked situations, coomon sense approaches in dire situations not hndered by rules/regulations that have been made up to keep things private - lives are far more important. Let CSIS take over more of spying, monitoring, or international areas allowing the main core of the RCMP being engaged in honing their skills, education, training and using alternative means of resolving situations other than just firing the high power assault rifles (or what ever you choose to call them).

  • CaptainObvious
    January 17, 2015 - 23:01

    Not that I disagree with any of the recommendations, but I thought it odd to refer to the rifles as "patrol carbines". When civilians own them the term "assault weapons" is used. Which is it?