RCMP Internal Review of Moncton Murders
Another response from the Commissioner that doesn’t correspond with previous comments made to the media (CBC) when he said that the members had all the equipment they needed. Who is being superficial and incomplete ? Who is the monster here ? You decide. see below.
Internal Review of Moncton Murders
I want to inform you today that we’ve asked retired Assistant Commissioner Phonse MacNeil, the former CO of H Division, to lead a comprehensive internal review into the murders and attempted murders of our members in Moncton. The circumstances surrounding these offences require the immediate appointment of a competent internal authority with the supporting resources to do this review and analysis. All facets of this event need to be understood.
Ordinarily such examinations do take place in a variety of ways eventually but out of deference to the criminal investigation and the court proceedings we sometimes wait before an earnest review is completed. Clearly the death of our three members in the course of duty and the near deaths of many others demand that we seek to fully understand the facts, learn from them and if required, change our practices promptly. I am of the view that this can take place without interfering with the criminal justice path this accused will follow. Indeed, we must do this analysis and make any necessary changes long before the court process concludes. The safety and security of our members demand it.
There has already been some analysis done and distributed by people who – while perhaps asserting an interest in our members’ well-being, health and safety – are being somewhat careless in how they are doing it. Our review must establish an authoritative account built from reliable information to permit an objective, professional and useful analysis.
These early discussions concerning the deployment of hard body armour and carbines are a very superficial, easy and incomplete effort to look for explanations and orient blame for what has happened. Our best information at the time that I write this is that J Div was in the early days of deploying the C-8: Codiac had four members trained and had six patrol carbines, all of which were otherwise deployed in training and therefore unavailable; and that each car involved in responding to this matter had hard body armour in it. We need to source and confirm this information before making any judgements but let’s be clear, there is one person responsible for the murder and attempted murder of our colleagues.
That said, there are some reasonable and important questions to be asked. Chief among them is whether there is anything that ought to have been done differently which could have prevented these deaths? More practically: what must we now do – once armed with a complete understanding of what happened – to make sure this doesn’t happen again? The scope of this review will be wide ranging and include such areas as whether the accused’s actions could reasonably have been foreseen; our initial and longer term response; our training; our tactics; our support for our employees and families; and, our equipment. In short, all aspects of this terrible incident.
Phonse MacNeil is just the person to lead such a review. He is an operationally credible leader who will understand how to get the information, organize and conduct an objective analysis and provide some relevant and reasonable recommendations in short order, all while respecting and protecting the criminal justice proceedings. He will be provided with terms of reference which will orient his inquiries and analysis towards what happened, what went wrong, and how we can fix what needs to be fixed. As terrible as the outcome was here, there were incredible stories of bravery, cooperation, support and success in a massive national police mobilisation and we will want to fully understand and share the positive aspects of the overall response.
We – Canadians – need to understand and prevent our communities from producing more offenders like this, and if there are opportunities to get early warnings of this new form of radicalization from our communities we need to pursue them.
We – the RCMP – must objectively examine our response and preparation for this type of event. We will make whatever changes we must to our practices and policies to minimize the chances of this ever happening again.
Bob Paulson, Commissioner
Contrast what he says above with what he said to the CBC;
Paulson says RCMP have ‘access’ to proper tools
RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson has said what happened in Moncton is tragic, but not another Mayerthorpe.
He said the recommendations that came out of the Human Resources Skills Development Canada report in 2007 and inquiry in 2011 brought important changes.
“We’ve implemented them all, we have hard body armour, we have the weapons that we need. You know, we’ve revised all our policies. How do you guard against a monster like this?”
Paulson said his members have access to the tools they need.