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Interviews underway for next RCMP commissioner

Nov 22, 2017

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 … Read more

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RCMP associations raise concerns after prisoner breaks free during transport

Nov 16, 2017

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 … Read more

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Judge rules Friday on whether RCMP protected slain, wounded officers’ safety

Sep 28, 2017

A ruling is expected Friday in the trial of the RCMP related to the shootings of 2014, when three Moncton Mounties lost their lives at the hands of gunman Justin Bourque and two others were wounded. As the trial drew to a close in July, after weeks of testimony, Judge Leslie Jackson said he would carefully … Read more

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

Sep 5, 2017

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, … Read more

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Staff shortage could risk RCMP officer safety, says police federation

Aug 22, 2017

Twelve per cent of positions unfilled nationwide http://www.ohscanada.com/staff-shortage-risk-rcmp-officer-safety-says-police-federation/  

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Staff shortage could risk RCMP officer safety, says police federation

Aug 22, 2017

(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 … Read more

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RCMP shortages leave Mounties in ‘crisis,’ officers say

Aug 4, 2017

A significant shortage of RCMP officers is raising concerns about their safety and the safety of the communities in which they work, according to several Mounties speaking out from across Canada. http://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/rcmp-shortages-leave-mounties-in-crisis-officers-say-1.3542190  

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Brian Sauve on the Tim Powers Radio Show May 19, 2017

May 31, 2017

Listen to Brian Sauve as he speaks with Tim Powers about the RCMP and how they started on the path to the National Police Federation. You can hear Brian start at the 0:35:00 mark. https://soundcloud.com/vocm/the-tim-powers-show-april-7th-2017?in=vocm/sets/powers-play-with-tim-powers

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RCMP failed to fully fund and implement mental health strategy, auditor says

May 20, 2017

Ottawa Citizen – One in six RCMP members did not receive easy and timely access to the mental health supports they needed, the auditor general has concluded. And of those who did get support, some felt they were labelled as “fakers” by colleagues and were socially isolated when returning to work. Click here to read … Read more

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RCMP braces for rough week as calls for a shakeup mount

May 14, 2017

THESTAR – A radical idea is being floated — or more precisely, revived — as a way for the RCMP and its political masters to grapple with all that ails the force. The looming departure of Commissioner Bob Paulson has prompted some rank-and-file Mounties to call for a joint management approach to running the RCMP … Read more

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CBC INVESTIGATES: RCMP vacancy rate in Manitoba hits 8%

May 12, 2017

CBC – At a time when the RCMP is already facing concerns about staff shortages, new numbers show the rate of unfilled RCMP officer positions in Manitoba is sitting at eight per cent, CBC News has learned. The vacancy rate was released to CBC News through an Access to Information request. Click here to read … Read more

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Get more police officers out there: RCMP vacancy rate in Manitoba hits 8%

Apr 26, 2017

CBC – At a time when the RCMP is already facing concerns about staff shortages, new numbers show the rate of unfilled RCMP officer positions in Manitoba is sitting at eight per cent, CBC News has learned. The vacancy rate was released to CBC News through an Access to Information request. Click here to read … Read more

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RCMP on trial: Stalled salaries, officer safety in focus

Apr 24, 2017

The Globe and Mail – Early this month, RCMP Sergeant Chris Backus and his colleagues purchased some neon pink and orange duct tape. The West Coast Mounties stuck it on top of the traditional yellow pant stripes running the length of their legs. With that, they helped kick-start a workplace protest that spread like wildfire … Read more

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RCMP labour code trial to highlight concerns over wages, safety

Apr 24, 2017

SMUDGEDNEWSPRINT – A woman places flowers at a memorial to three RCMP officers gunned down in Moncton, N.B., in June, 2014. (Andrew Vaughan/THE CANADIAN PRESS) Early this month, RCMP Sergeant Chris Backus and his colleagues purchased some neon pink and orange duct tape. The West Coast Mounties stuck it on top of the traditional yellow … Read more

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Mountie stripe protest continues

Apr 21, 2017

Coast Reporter – The commander of the Sunshine Coast RCMP says he wants to reassure the public that a protest by some local RCMP members hasn’t had any impact on service delivery. During his quarterly update to Gibsons council April 18, Staff Sgt. Vishal Mathura described the movement, which began with members at the Sunshine … Read more

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Local Mounties ditching pant stripes for union, higher pay

Apr 19, 2017

VANCOUVER24HRS – Some B.C. Mounties are continuing to cover the stripes on their pants to protest in support of a nationwide campaign for higher pay and a union for the RCMP. “It started in North Vancouver and spread to the Sunshine Coast and now it’s all across the country,” said Brian Sauvé, an RCMP sergeant … Read more

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Local Mounties ditching pant stripes for union, higher pay

Apr 19, 2017

VANCOUVERSUN – Some B.C. Mounties are continuing to cover the stripes on their pants to protest in support of a nationwide campaign for higher pay and a union for the RCMP. “It started in North Vancouver and spread to the Sunshine Coast and now it’s all across the country,” said Brian Sauvé, an RCMP sergeant … Read more

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National Police Federation formally applies for RCMP union status

Apr 19, 2017

iPolitics – The association that emerged out of a grassroots campaign as the frontrunner to organize Canada’s rank-and-file Mounties is applying for certification to be the RCMP’s first union. Click here to read the entire story: http://ipolitics.ca/2017/04/19/national-police-federation-formally-applies-for-rcmp-union-status/

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RCMP officers one step closer to forming union

Apr 19, 2017

NATIONALOBSERVER – Thousands of Mounties are forging ahead with a high-stakes union drive, despite a Senate decision last week that they say could slow the process by months. The National Police Federation (NPF) filed an application for certification on Tuesday night with the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board, the federal body that administers … Read more

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With 10,000 members, union files to represent Mounties

Apr 18, 2017

CBC – Mounties are one step closer to forming their first union. The National Police Federation filed an application for certification at the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board in Ottawa late Tuesday. Click here to read the entire story: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/rmcp-union-certification-application-1.4074678

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With 10,000 members, union files to represent Mounties

Apr 18, 2017

ATINITONEWS – Mounties are one step closer to forming their first union. The National Police Federation filed an application for certification at the Public Service Labour Relations and Employment Board in Ottawa late Tuesday. The federation is seeking to represent 17,945 members of the RCMP under the rank of inspector.

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