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Interviews underway for next RCMP commissioner

Interviews are underway this week for the next commissioner of the RCMP — and the government’s newly announced selection committee provides clues about what the government is looking for in the new leader of the national police force. Late last week, headhunting firm Boyden notified some applicants they were no longer under consideration for the opportunity to replace former…

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RCMP associations raise concerns after prisoner breaks free during transport

It isn’t uncommon for an RCMP officer to transport a prisoner on their own in rural Manitoba, but that doesn’t mean it’s safe, say two organizations that represent Mounties. The Mounted Police Professional Association of Canada and the National Police Federation are raising concerns over prisoner-transport protocol one day after a prisoner assaulted a Mountie and escaped; hours…

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‘It’s alarming’: RCMP vacancy rates above 8% in N.W.T., Nunavut

The RCMP divisions in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut have the highest vacancy rates among the provinces and territories. According to the RCMP, of 203 funded positions in the N.W.T., 18 are vacant, for a vacancy rate of 8.9 per cent as of April 1. Nunavut isn’t far behind. Of 148 funded positions, 12 are vacant,…

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Staff shortage could risk RCMP officer safety, says police federation

(Canadian OH&S News) — A shortage of RCMP personnel across the country could create both long-term and short-term safety risks for members, according to the national federation for RCMP officers. An Aug. 14 story on the CTV News website cited the RCMP’s own statistics on its vacancy rates for this year and 2018. More than…

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