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  • Kristina
    May 29, 2013 - 11:33

    @Gordon Gekko The RCMP have different divisions and are contracted out to provincial governments for areas that arent populated enough to have their own municipal forces. Rural Canada is generally policed by contracted RCMP officers. The FBI equivilent in Canada is not the RCMP, but is CSIS, and CSIS does not track down stolen bicycles. You should probably get informed about the policing systems in Canada before you pass judgement on the RCMP efforts in the province and the rest of the country. If you don't think the things they were dealing with aren't important than you have serious misconceptions about how to keep communities safe. Keeping drunk drivers off the roads and locating a person who is alleged to have assaulted someone with a weapon? I wouldn't want drunk drivers and violent people in my neighborhood.

    • Gordon Gekko
      May 29, 2013 - 13:49

      CSIS (like the CIA) is a civilian intelligence gathering agency that does deal with domestic threats but primarily international, or at least that's how it should work. The FBI is a federal law enforcement agency which operates within the United States. FBI agents are cops, CSIS are not. There aren't really clear equivalents because each country has a totally different system, but CSIS and the RCMP should be reorganized to closer resemble the CIA and FBI respectively, the RCMP should not be contracted out to do local police work, that should be the responsibility of provinces and municipalities.

  • Petertwo
    May 29, 2013 - 06:52

    The RCMP are doing their work and very well as it appears here, there are detectives that do the other stuff, perhaps they need to be increased? Small municipalities cannot afford their own police enforcement, with salaries,benefits, and pensions et cetera. The rule of one law for all is better applied federally to ensure equality throughout. Judging by the complaints listed above I wonder if any were private vendettas, or just impaired judgement for any reason.

  • Gordon Gekko
    May 28, 2013 - 11:49

    This is actually the problem that we have with the RCMP not just in NL but all across the country. They're stretched far too thin, they should be a federal police force dealing with the big-time issues, instead all over the country we have them doing jobs that should be handled by municipal and regional police forces. In the US you would never have the FBI out tracking down a stolen bicycle in Hicksville, and the RCMP should be serving a similar function in Canada. They should ditch the small-time municipal police work.

    • Eli
      May 28, 2013 - 21:27

      Another federal police force? The RCMP/CISIS relationship or lack thereof is nightmare enough.