According to an investigation by La Presse, the RCMP has scrapped Project Condor, the special unit that hunted fugitive criminals.
La Presse says the decision to abolish the program -- which targeted criminals who'd failed to return to a halfway house, for instance -- was the result of a shift in priorities. The RCMP has decided to devote these resources to fighting terrorism instead.
Over the course of eight years, Project Condor tracked down "about 650 criminals on the run: murderers, bank robbers, sex offenders, sometimes even hardened bandits had started to commit crimes once they had managed to escape the vigilance of the authorities."
The fate of Project Condor lines up with remarks made by RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson last fall, that hundreds of investigators would be moved to the Mounties' anti-terrorist units following threats from ISIS and attacks against Canadian soldiers on Canadian soil.
Testifying back in March, he acknowledged that the RCMP had to make an "unprecedented realignment of [its] resources to respond to this threat."
(Photo: RCMP Quebec Flickr)
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