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VANCOUVER — The province’s top doctor is defending comments she made critical of the RCMP in B.C. that prompted swift and scathing backlash from the officers’ union. On Monday, Dr. Bonnie Henry made a short presentation to a special legislative committee on policing reform and lauded municipal police as being more in touch with community values and norms than…

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EDMONTON — The National Police Federation (NPF) has launched a campaign to encourage the province to keep the RCMP in Alberta as the government explores the possibility of a provincial police force. The campaign is focused on showing Albertans the good that the RCMP does for the province. Read more: https://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/albertans-will-pay-more-for-less-campaign-aims-to-keep-rcmp-in-alberta-1.5312076

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“I’m 30 minutes from a police officer.” This is the day-to-day reality for thousands of rural and small-town Albertans, including Paul McLauchlin, a county councillor and reeve for Ponoka County in central Alberta, which boasts a population of just over 9,000. Read more: https://edmontonjournal.com/news/insight/change-of-command-prospect-of-alberta-police-force-raises-concerns-over-cost-rural-crime

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OTTAWA — As Mounties move forward to outfit officers with body-worn cameras, the parliamentary budget officer estimates it will cost $131 million over five years. A costing note Thursday said the RCMP is expected to purchase 12,500 camera subscriptions for use across the country at 700 detachments. Read more: https://calgarysun.com/news/national/rcmp-body-cameras-to-cost-131-million-over-five-years-budget-officer

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OTTAWA — The union representing front-line RCMP officers is asking federal and provincial officials to consider Mounties for priority access to COVID-19 vaccination. The National Police Federation says inoculating its members will ensure the safety of both officers and the communities they serve. Letters have gone out to provincial premiers as well as justice and…

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The union representing thousands of Mounties says it fears pandemic-related delays at the RCMP training depot will worsen its staffing crunch and increase the risk of officer burnout. “The RCMP [has] always had a challenge, from our perspective, of having enough resources in the field,” National Police Federation president Brian Sauvé told CBC News. Read more:https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/rcmp-vacancy-rate-union-covid-1.5868813

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The union representing more than 19,000 Mounties is seeking clearer guidelines on when body-worn cameras can be turned off — and tougher penalties for those who make false accusations against officers. “We believe that body-worn cameras will contribute to a greater level of context, transparency and accountability for both police and citizens,” said National Police…

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