RCMP to close Fed­eral Se­ri­ous and Or­ga­nized Crime of­fice in Burin

Of­fi­cers re­lo­cated to Gan­der and St. John’s

The Southern Gazette - - Front Page - BY COLIN FAR­RELL Colin.far­[email protected]­erngazette.ca

The Royal Cana­dian Mounted Po­lice’s Fed­eral Se­ri­ous and Or­ga­nized Crime of­fice in Burin is slated for clo­sure.

The Town of Burin dis­cussed the clo­sure of the of­fice dur­ing a reg­u­lar coun­cil meet­ing on Tues­day, Aug. 14.

“It is re­gret­table,” said Coun. Marcus Evans. “That’s a slow ero­sion of the RCMP pres­ence on the Burin Penin­sula, it’s not sur­pris­ing but at the same time it’s sad when it ac­tu­ally hap­pens.”

The South­ern Gazette con­tacted Supt. Archie Thompson for com­ment on the re­al­lo­ca­tion of re­sources from the of­fice in Burin, but he was out of the prov­ince on va­ca­tion.

Glenda A. Power, Di­rec­tor of Strate­gic Com­mu­ni­ca­tions for the RCMP pro­vided a state­ment on be­half of the RCMP.

“The changes to the Burin Fed­eral Of­fice are tak­ing place as a re­sult of a na­tional re­view by the Fed­eral Polic­ing Pro­gram,” read the state­ment.

That’s a slow ero­sion of the RCMP pres­ence on the Burin Penin­sula, it’s not sur­pris­ing but at the same time it’s sad when it ac­tu­ally hap­pens.

“Our Fed­eral Polic­ing Pro­gram care­fully re­searched and con­sid­ered a num­ber of fac­tors and pres­sures be­fore de­ter­min­ing that the Pro­gram, across Canada, must re-fo­cus its ef­forts on Or­ga­nized Crime (in­clud­ing Out­law Mo­tor Cy­cle Gangs), Hu­man Traf­fick­ing, Na­tional Se­cu­rity and Opi­oids, with in­ves­ti­ga­tions di­rected to the most se­ri­ous threats to Canada by at­tack­ing crim­i­nal­ity that tran­scends bor­ders.”

Three of­fi­cers with the Fed­eral Se­ri­ous and Or­ga­nized Crime (FSOC) are cur­rently housed in Burin will be re­al­lo­cated with two go­ing to Gan­der and the other go­ing to St. John’s.

“These move­ments will in­crease the RCMP’s ca­pac­ity in in­tel­li­gence and Se­ri­ous and Or­ga­nized Crime in­ves­ti­ga­tions” stated the re­lease,

In ad­di­tion to the fed­eral unit Burin also has four po­si­tions as part of pro­vin­cial polic­ing those po­si­tions will also be re­al­lo­cated with two of­fi­cers de­ployed as a Marystown De­tach­ment Gen­eral In­ves­tiga­tive Ser­vices unit in an ef­fort to in­crease in­ves­tiga­tive ca­pac­ity and spe­cial­ized skills un­der the De­tach­ment Com­man­der for the Burin Penin­sula re­gion. The re­main­ing two will be re-de­ployed as Risk Man­agers from within the pro­vin­cial Op­er­a­tional Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Cen­ter, sup­port­ing the work of po­lice of­fi­cers through­out the prov­ince.

“We ex­pect these changes will take place over the com­ing months,” stated the re­lease. “The RCMP’s com­mit­ment to the safety and se­cu­rity of the com­mu­ni­ties and res­i­dents of the Burin Penin­sula is un­wa­ver­ing.”

PHOTO BY COLIN FAR­RELL

The RCMP’s Fed­eral Se­ri­ous and Or­ga­nized Crime of­fice in Burin is slated for clo­sure.

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