POLITICS

Moncton Shooting: Key Recommendations From RCMP Review

01/16/2015 10:15 EST | Updated 03/18/2015 05:59 EDT
MONCTON, N.B. - Some of the key recommendations in a report released Friday on the fatal shootings last year of three Mounties in Moncton, N.B.:

— Better training is needed to prepare supervisors to manage such incidents until a critical incident commander assumes command.

— General duty officers who are trained in the use of a long-barreled gun where they are available must ensure the weapon is in their vehicle while on duty.

— Firearms must be stored with sufficient ammunition.

— All officers should receive a briefing and demonstration on the appropriate use of hard body armour.

— The Codiac detachment in southeast New Brunswick should look at radio coverage outside of central Moncton because there are areas with gaps in coverage.

— Officers should be allowed to use plain language on radio communications instead of a code system in urgent situations.

— Members of the RCMP need better access to ammunition for practice.

— The RCMP should consider broadening its support for initiatives that support young people with mental illness.

— The RCMP's critical incident stress management team should include experienced psychologists who understand policing, experienced RCMP peer support personnel, RCMP chaplains and nurses trained for such situations.

— The RCMP should expedite the deployment of patrol carbines, a type of assault rifle used by the military and many police departments, across the force.

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