POLITICS

Moncton RCMP says detachment has sufficient number of carbines in risky cases

06/10/2015 07:40 EDT | Updated 06/10/2016 05:59 EDT
MONCTON, N.B. - The officer in charge of the RCMP in Moncton, N.B., says the detachment has received a sufficient number of carbine rifles over the past year to allow for a proper response to high risk calls for service.

However, in a written statement to the Codiac Regional Policing Authority on Wednesday, Supt. Paul Beauchesne says he won't say how many carbines are in service because he doesn't want to share the information with criminals in the community.

The force has been criticized for not properly equipping its officers with adequate training and resources, such as patrol carbines, following last June's shooting rampage by Justin Bourque that killed three officers and wounded two others.

Beauchesne says members have been identified for the next round of ongoing training courses on the semi-automatic weapons and know exactly when they are scheduled to attend.

He also says the installation of carbine racks in patrol cars is underway and the majority of the detachment's vehicles will have the piece of equipment by the end of this week.

In mid-May, the RCMP was charged with violating the Canada Labour Code with investigators alleging the police force didn't provide appropriate weapons and equipment for "active shooter'' incidents.