February 26, 2016

RCMP bureaucrats get it wrong again. Banning auxiliary constables means less safety, higher costs

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Commentator
 

The RCMP bureaucrats are at it again. Now they’re banning auxiliary RCMP constables from riding along with the RCMP members in their police cars. 

Auxiliary officers are member of your community. They’re volunteer unpaid, unarmed but uniformed constables of the RCMP. There are 1600 of them across the country. They’re considered peace officers.

But just because they’re unpaid doesn’t mean they are untrained. Auxiliary members of the RCMP go through enhanced security screening and are highly trained. They are often required to commit 2 years to the program and are required to commit 160 hours per year to their community policing activities.

These are people who want to make the places they live in better. That’s all they want. They certainly aren’t in it for the money.

Last year an auxiliary constable, Derek Bond, was hurt in a shooting in Alberta that killed Cst David Wynne. In response to this, the RCMP bureaucrats - the ones that make all those bad decisions about our guns - have decided that the well trained auxiliary member can’t go along with the RCMP members in their cars.

This is stupid.

Auxiliary officers are well aware of the risks associated with their volunteerism. They train for the risks. They’re screened to not be a risk. They know what they do has the potential to be dangerous and they accept that risk. In fact, they willingly do their jobs without a gun on their hip.

Taking auxiliary constables out of cop cars is dangerous for the RCMP members they work with. RCMP officers patrol long dark stretches of Alberta alone. The auxiliary constables who accompany these officers in their cars make the dangerous job of rural policing safer. Extra eyes, extra ears and an extra set of hands can be the difference between life and death in a violent situation.

In Edmonton the violent crime rate is up 12% and property crime is up 18%. The fentanyl crisis is causing crime to spike all over. Grande Prairie is now the violent crime capital of the country with the crime rate there going up 33% over the last 5 years. As the economy goes down, the crime goes up. Policing can be expensive. These volunteers are helping to keep the cost of policing lower.

How can these bureaucrats in the RCMP use safety as an excuse for removing the auxiliary members from the cars while ignoring the fact that police are less safe when they work alone?

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commented 2016-02-27 20:32:51 -0500
I don’t understand why we still hire the Queen’s Cowboys for provincial policing – ever since a Fed cabinet politician became their boss, there has been nothing but conflicted directives where enforcement policy in Alberta is concerned – I think High River was the last straw – fold it and build a provincial force accountable to Albertans.
commented 2016-02-27 10:43:07 -0500
You are more credible in a t-shirt, don’t go uptown on us.
commented 2016-02-27 02:58:46 -0500
Sheila, you are over simplifying things again. It is not as simple as bad economics leads to more crime, which all happened because of the New Democrats. Not all people that are out of a job and are on welfare commit crimes. Sometimes you have a good economy with lots of opportunity, but people still choose a life of crime. Just because an oil worker lost his job does not mean that he is now going to rob a gas station.

Sheila, you are like the right wing equivalent of a leftist that blames everything on the oil industry. Tornadoes, Islamic State, global warming, earthquakes, increase in crime, etc. The only difference is, you claim that it is the New Democrats that are responsible for things like suicide rates, poverty, crime, boys dropping out of school, etc.

In other words, you are every bit as ridiculous as your left wing counter parts. You are one sided, you play the blame game, and you use your position in news media to push your own biased agenda. You can not be trusted to objectively tell the full story.
commented 2016-02-26 22:24:29 -0500
SHEILA—-maybe there’s an unfair advantage to the perp. liberalism thingey going on there.
commented 2016-02-26 22:10:45 -0500
An indoctrinated politicized paramilitary armed force cannot have civilians polluting its command and control culture with empathy with the civilian population this force must intimidate for their political masters agendas
commented 2016-02-26 22:04:10 -0500
Not to worry, Lads and Lasses, it will not be to long before all Police Officers are Muslims and carrying AKs. They will be running population control patrols.
commented 2016-02-26 21:16:01 -0500
Speaking as a former auxiliary, I don’t think the RCMP white shirts were really supportive of the programme latterly. Individual members were, and would figure out how to utilize an auxiliary in a situation, which may involve just staying in the car. Yet the auxiliary was the backup and rode shot-gun literally, also trained to radio in if the officer was down and use the pistol, except the shotgun was the better weapon for a person with limited arms training.

Yet this depended upon the individual members and their attitude towards auxiliaries, which in turn depended on the higher ups. I think that the programme is just a public relations programme now, except, as I say, for those members who taught themselves how to utilize an auxiliary.

Hats off to A/Constable Bond, for doing his duty by his Member.