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Feds eye ‘more responsive’ models for RCMP’s contract policing across Canada

The Liberal government is looking for ways to improve policing services provided under contract by the RCMP across Canada — eyeing everything from overall cost and sustainability to stronger oversight and accountability. Among the possibilities are “more responsive” police service models that could involve closer integration of the RCMP and community social services, say internal […]

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Trial to begin for former RCMP intelligence director accused of disclosing secrets

OTTAWA — More than four years after Cameron Jay Ortis was charged with breaching Canada’s secrets law, the former RCMP intelligence director is about to get his day in court. Ortis was taken into custody in Ottawa on Sept. 12, 2019 — an arrest that deeply shocked the national police force. As the head of […]

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Nova Scotia RCMP street check apology needed, says minister who cites own experience

HALIFAX — The RCMP’s promise to apologize for street checks that targeted Black people is being welcomed by the new African Nova Scotian Affairs minister, but she says she is more interested in what it will mean for future police conduct. Twila Grosse says she has first-hand experience: she was pulled over by police during […]

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Plan for street checks apology was ‘overdue,’ says Nova Scotia RCMP commander

HALIFAX — The commander of the Nova Scotia RCMP says his force’s planned apology to the province’s Black community for street checks should have occurred some time ago. Assistant commissioner Dennis Daley says he has realized since taking office in late 2022 that the RCMP have a lot of work to do to rebuild trust […]

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Following Halifax police, RCMP to apologize to N.S. Black citizens for street checks

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia RCMP are promising to formally apologize for excessive street checks on Black citizens in the province. The Mounties say they expect to issue the apology and a followup action plan by next year, after holding a series of 14 meetings with the Black community that are expected to be completed by […]

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RCMP technology ‘between contracts,’ unavailable at first for Saskatchewan killings

SASKATOON — A technology used by a specialized RCMP team to search for people in high-risk situations was not immediately available as Mounties responded to a stabbing rampage and the hunt for a mass killer in Saskatchewan because it was held up under the federal procurement process. Documents obtained under freedom of information laws show […]

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No investigation of political interference allegations in SNC Lavalin affair: RCMP

OTTAWA — The RCMP says it is not investigating allegations of political interference in the federal handling of criminal charges against engineering firm SNC-Lavalin. In a statement today, the Mounties set the record straight after a recent response to a public interest group’s Access to Information request suggested the Mounties were conducting such a probe. […]

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RCMP hopes to gain recruits with 150th anniversary, as N.S. inquiry casts new shadow

OTTAWA — The RCMP is hoping to boost recruitment numbers in marking its upcoming 150th anniversary — even as the national force’s structure and practices come under damning new scrutiny. The Mass Casualty Commission released its final report last week into the April 2020 shooting rampage that left 22 people dead in Nova Scotia. It […]

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Internal documents show what RCMP considered ‘lessons learned’ from ‘Freedom Convoy’

OTTAWA — After policing the “Freedom Convoy,” the RCMP came away with lessons learned, newly released documents show — including the need to better prepare for the potential targeting of emergency phone lines. Briefing notes obtained by The Canadian Press under access-to-information laws also point to security pressures to protect leaders in Ottawa and detail […]

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RCMP told feds it could offer advice to Winnipeg police on landfill search: document

OTTAWA — A newly released document shows the head of the RCMP told Ottawa the national police force could offer guidance to the Winnipeg police on searching a landfill for the remains of two First Nations women. As anger grew over the initial refusal by the Winnipeg police to search the site, RCMP Commissioner Brenda […]

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Black activist who became PM of Dominica was target of RCMP dirty tricks: documents

OTTAWA — It has long been known that the RCMP Security Service took a keen interest in Roosevelt “Rosie” Douglas, a Black rights activist who attended school in Canada and would go on to be prime minister of Dominica. But recently released records reveal just how far the Mounties would go in the early 1970s […]

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Watchdog report blasts RCMP failures investigating missing Saskatchewan woman

SASKATOON — Amanda Michayluk’s final moments were spent walking alone in the cold and snow through a Saskatchewan field as her family anxiously waited for an RCMP search and rescue team that would never arrive. A scathing report from the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP says officers responding to calls for help […]

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