Guilty Verdict in Labour Code Trial

Moncton – September 29, 2017 – Today in New Brunswick Provincial Court, Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, as represented by the Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) was found guilty of one offence contrary to s. 124 of the Canada Labour Code for failing to ensure the health and safety of its officers by not providing its members with appropriate use of force equipment and related user training when responding to an active threat or active shooter event.

The RCMP was found not guilty of two charges of failing to provide officers with the proper equipment and training to carry out their duties. A fourth charge of failing to ensure the health and safety of its officers was stayed.

The charges were laid in 2015 following an investigation into a shooting where three officers were killed and two others wounded while responding to an active shooter situation.

The offence carries a maximum penalty of a fine of not more than $1,000,000.

Sentencing will occur at a later date.

The Public Prosecution Service of Canada is responsible for prosecuting offences under federal jurisdiction in a manner that is free of any improper influence and that respects the public interest. The PPSC is also responsible for providing prosecution-related advice to law enforcement agencies across Canada.

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