April 12, 2024

Halifax, NS — The following is a statement from Brian Sauvé, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Police Federation (NPF), in response to the joint Nova Scotia Serious Incident Response Team (SIRT) and Ontario Special Investigations Unit (SIU) announcement clearing two RCMP Members of any wrongdoing upon further review of the April 2020 incident at the Onslow Fire Hall. 

“We are pleased to once again see our Members cleared of any wrongdoing in respect to shots fired by two RCMP officers at the Onslow Fire Hall on April 19, 2020, to protect their community. 

This questionable and politically motivated decision to re-open this investigation for a third time was unnecessary and reactive, and only achieves the risk of additional public scrutiny and trauma for Members who professionally and bravely responded to the Mass Casualty event. 

Again and again, evidence has shown that our Members acted appropriately and courageously given the information and equipment available to them at that time. We are not surprised that the purported “new evidence” has been found to be unreliable and insufficient to bring about any charges or accusations of wrongdoing for our involved Members.  

We thank our Members for their exceptional service on that day, and every day.”  

About the National Police Federation: 

The National Police Federation (NPF) represents ~20,000 RCMP Members serving across Canada and internationally. We are the largest police union in Canada. The NPF is focused on improving public safety for all Canadians, including our Members by advocating for much-needed investment in the public safety continuum. This includes investments in police resourcing and modern equipment, as well as social programs including health, addiction, and housing supports to enhance safety and livability in the many communities we serve, large and small, across Canada. 

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