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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.
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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…
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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…
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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….
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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.
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RCMP group issues PTSD ‘call to action’ after Ron Francis’s suicide

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Would put cameras on cops

Public Safety Canada must mandate body-worn minicams for RCMP officers, says a Conservative MP. The Mounties have ordered a national feasibility study on assigning body-worn miniature video recorders to all frontline officers.
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A former Kamloops Mountie…who’s now a spokesman for the mounted police professional association….says a new report that questions police staffing levels…is in-complete… Rob Creasser…reacting to the findings of a Fraser Institute study…..which found that over a 26 year period, between 1986 and twenty-twelve……the number of so called criminal code incidents…handled by each police officer across Canada……dropped…by 36.8 per cent…..
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As well…the Fraser Institute study has found that while police staffing levels increased nearly 9 per cent between 2 thousand one and 2 thousand twelve…..-the nation’s overall crime rate….came down…26.3 per cent…

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A retired Kamloops Mountie…says a new report from the right leaning Fraser Institute fails to tell the entire story when it comes to police staffing levels….. Rob Creasser….now a spokesman for the mounted police professional association calls the study incomplete by not recognizing that today’s cops…do a lot more than fight crime…
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In noting that police staffing levels are up…while crime is down…the Fraser Institute research found that over a 26 year period between 1986 and twenty-twelve……the number of so called criminal code incidents…handled by each police officer across Canada……dropped…by 36.8 per cent…..

Thank you again for participating in ‘Your Question Period’.

Dear Mr. Beaulieu, Thank you again for participating in ‘Your Question Period’. Senator Mitchell stood in the Senate Chamber on September 18th and asked your question to Senator Carignan, the Leader of the Government in the Senate. You can find the archive of the audio proceedings here: In addition, we have posted the text and audio of your question to our website here: We encourage you to share this link with your friends and family! Once again, we truly appreciate your participation in this new initiative. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Sincerely, Adam G. Hutt Parliamentary Assistant / Assistant Parlementaire Office of the Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate The Honourable Joan Fraser Bureau de la Leader adjointe de l’opposition au Sénat L’honorable Joan Fraser 381-S Centre Block, Ottawa, ON, K1A 0A4