Moncton shootings: RCMP blasted over delay in supplying carbine rifles
Officer tells CBC he has 'zero confidence' in RCMP management's ability to keep officers safe
Justin Bourque's shooting rampage in Moncton left three RCMP officers dead, two injured and many questions about whether officers in the line of fires are out-gunned.
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The RCMP are now facing labour charges related training, equipment and supervision in connection with the fatal shooting, but questions about safety equipment and weapons provided to officers have lingered for years. The force has been introducing patrol carbines – short-barrelled rifles that are more accurate and have a longer range – but critics say the process isn't moving fast enough.
Ahead of the anniversary of the deadly day, CBC's Ioanna Roumeliotis talks to a current officer who says he has "zero confidence" in management's ability to keep officers safe and to former officers who say the safety of police and the public is at stake as officers wait.
The RCMP declined a request for an interview and were not able to provide an updated figure for carbine rifle distribution to frontline members.