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Solving a high crime problem

"This officer saved my life and he probably doesn't even know it," the letter explained. My head spun as the inspector read further.

"He stopped me for speeding and did something weird. He cautioned me for speeding but gave me a ticket for not wearing my seatbelt. I wasn't sure if I should be grateful or angry but I begrudgingly wore my seatbelt after that. About a month later I was in a bad accident and that seatbelt saved my life. I am grateful and just wanted someone to thank him."

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Affordable Excellence

Sustainability. Affordability. Effectiveness. Public trust. Responsibility. Excellence. These themes have circulated in discussions about public safety for more than a decade. Canadians want them all and voice this expectation in an especially raw tone in the aftermath of tragic natural and human incidents.

First responders are on the front lines, rushing in to serve and protect. Behind them are others who share responsibility for public safety: community members, public and private institutions, interest groups and multiple orders of government.

Countless post-incident reviews, coroners' reports and commissions of inquiry confirm the need to integrate policy, knowledge, resources, practice and expertise – and contain costs. Critical analyses in Canada, the US and Europe call for change. Western democracies seek to build trust and legitimacy of police and other public safety bodies, establish clear policy and oversight mechanisms and enhance community connections as the first step in preventing disorder, crime and terrorism.


Court must consider entire definition

A court must consider the complete definition of antique firearm before deciding whether it applies.

In R. v. Kennedy, 2016 MBCA 5, the accused was arrested outside his house trailer for breaching a court-ordered condition to have no contact with his neighbour. He was patted-down for officer safety incidental to the arrest and police found two loaded handguns in his pants' pockets, both cocked and ready to fire. The guns were very old but testing confirmed that they were functional.

Police obtained warrants to search Kennedy's trailer and found eight guns, 12 magazines and 200 rounds of ammunition, including a Clement Arms .32 calibre British Bulldog revolver with five rounds in its cylinder. Kennedy was charged with breach of recognizance and several weapons offences.


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Parliament misses Supreme Court deadline for RCMP union bill

May 17 2016

OTTAWA - Sixteen months after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Mounties have the right to collective bargaining, Mounties now have even less of a voice when dealing with management.

In January 2015, Canada's top court gave the federal government one year to draft new legislation to permit RCMP officers to form a union or association and engage in meaningful negotiation with top brass. The previous government did little on the file before the federal election, so the Liberals asked for an extension.

The extension expired yesterday and has left Mounties in labour relations limbo, according to University of Ottawa law and business professor Gilles LeVasseur.