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Rob Creasser discusses topics on the Jim Harrison Show.
Rob Creasser discusses RCMP Shootings in St. Albert, Alberta on CTV.
Media on the SCC decision this coming Friday January 16th, 2015
A long fight to give RCMP officers the right to form an association, or even a union to handle their collective bargaining is now set to end Friday morning. Mounted Police Professional Association of Canada spokesman Rob Creasser says that’s when the Supreme Court of Canada will deliver its decision…
The High Court is hearing an appeal of a lower court decision that found RCMP regulations preventing Mounties from forming an independent association was not a violation of their charter rights. RCMP officers across Canada will be awaiting a decision this Friday….that will determine whether they can form independent associations to handle their collective bargaining. Mounted Police Professional Association of Canada spokesman Rob Creasser isn’t about to speculate….but will be among those anxious to hear this weeks ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada.
A lower court had ruled previously that RCMP regulations that denied RCMP officers the right to form their own association, or union was not a violation of their charter of rights. The Mounted Police Professional Association had initially feared a key ruling by the supreme court of Canada that will impact every RCMP officer might be delayed until may. Now the association’s Kamloops based spokesman Rob Creasser says the wait won’t be nearly as long..
The decision will deal with an appeal of a lower court ruling that upheld RCMP regulations preventing Mounties from forming an independent association to handle collective bargaining.
Mounted Police Association speaks up about non-charter compliant law and regulations
The Mounted Police Professional Association of Canada fears regulations under the enhanced RCMP accountability act will deny RCMP Officers basic constitutional rights.
Kamloops based spokesman Rob Creasser says the regulations could result in officers who refuse to answer self incriminating questions during code of conduct investigations…jailed, or subject to a 5-thouand dollar fine.
The association is calling on Canadians to lobby their members of parliament….to intervene….before the regulations are implemented. The mounted police professional association of Canada is appealing to Canadians to lobby members of parliament about a new law that denies RCMP members’ basic rights. Spokesman Rob Creasser says the regulations being drafted for the enhanced RCMP accountability act would see those charged with crimes having greater rights than RCMP members in code of conduct investigations.
Creasser warns if these regulations go into force…it will be another reason why potential new recruits will shy away from considering a career with the RCMP.
Bill C-42 Legislative Summary
Retired RCMP officer calls for public inquiry into Moncton police shootings
MONCTON, N.B. – A retired Moncton RCMP officer says a public inquiry into the city’s police shootings is the best way to improve conditions within the force.
Cpl. Ron Francis and the Judge’s comments who was supposed to sentence him
On the day Corporal Ron Francis was to be sentenced … Some comfort is being taken in comments made by the judge that would have handled the case… Francis was facing charges of assault when he took his own life on October 6th…and today New Brunswick provincial court judge William MacCarroll said Francis had no business in criminal court…and that his actions were that of a sick man…not a criminal… Spokesman for the Mounted Police Professional Association Rob Creasser…
Creasser says while other judges have spoken out against RCMP practices…he hopes this will prove to be a watershed moment…. The spokesman for the mounted police professional association is taking comfort in comments made by the judge who would have sentenced corporal Ron Francis today had he not committed suicide… Rob Creasser says the Mountie who had been in the media for smoking pot in his red surge and later for charges of assault against fellow Mounties had some of the shadow cast over him removed today when the judge said Francis’ actions were a cry for help as he was dealing with post traumatic stress disorder… As for how Francis’ co-workers and superiors were not able to draw that same conclusion…
New Brunswick provincial court judge William MacCarroll went on to say Francis had an illness…and did not belong in criminal court… Today marks what would have been the sentencing of corporal Ron Francis who took his own life due to post traumatic stress disorder…but instead the sentencing judge offered words of comfort to the family.. New Brunswick provincial court judge William MacCarroll attempted to clear Fanciss name saying his assault of fellow Mounties that lead to the charges were the result of a sick man not a criminal… Mounted Police Professional Association spokesman Rob Creasser says the support certainly helps….
The judge too said Francis’ actions were an obvious cry for help….how the Mounties co-workers and superiors did not draw the same conclusion Creasser says…is a good question…
Justin Bourque sentence.
The Mounted Police Professional Association of Canada is only partially satisfied….now that Justin Bourque will spend at least 75 years in jail before being eligible for parole…for the murders of three Moncton RCMP officers. National spokesman Rob Creasser says while the sentence is appropriate….the association says RCMP members remain under-equipped…
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Creasser says RCMP shouldn’t be expected to take a nine millimetre handgun and effectively deal with a threat posed by a long barreled weapon. The Mounted Police Professional Association of Canada is satisfied with the jail sentence handed to Justin Bourque……but believes there is unfinished business for the RCMP. Spokesman Rob Creasser says RCMP officers are still expected to face threats from those with long barreled rifles….armed with little more than 9 millimetre handguns…..and says there was further evidence of that during a gunman’s attack on parliament hill.
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A judge in Moncton today sentenced Bourque to 5 concurrent life terms, with no parole eligibility for 75 years for murdering 3 RCMP officers in June. The Mounted Police Professional Association of Canada is satisfied with the sentence handed to Justin Bourque, the 24 year old who killed three RCMP officers in Moncton in june. National spokesman Rob Creasser of Kamloops says the five concurrent life sentences, with no parole eligibility for 75 years….is tantamount to a death sentence.
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but Creasser says the sentence does not represent closure for RCMP members…who still are sent into the field with inadequate weaponry and equipment.
Recruiting of Female RCMP members.
The Mounted Police Professional Association of Canada is skeptical about plans by the RCMP to increase the number of female officers by 30% within 11 years. National spokesman Rob Creasser says given the potential of a class action lawsuit by 300 female officers…..the problems that discourage female recruits persist. Just over 20% of RCMP Officers are women, and in order to boost those numbers, the force is aiming to have females representing as many as half of its new recruits by next year.
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The Mounted Police Professional Association of Canada is doubtful the RCMP can achieve it’s latest objective. With the force hoping to increase the number of female officers to 30% by 2025, spokesman Rob Creasser says the RCMP has yet to deal effectively with its chronic problem of harassment. The force is aiming for half of its training recruits to be women…..by next year.