9 months after a gunman used a reproduction police automobile throughout a lethal capturing rampage in Nova Scotia, the federal authorities is suspending the sale of all surplus RCMP automobiles.
Public Security Minister Invoice Blair stated the moratorium takes impact instantly. “We’re suspending the sale of decommissioned RCMP automobiles on an interim foundation to make sure that this course of stays applicable and strong,” Blair stated in an e-mail assertion Thursday evening.
Final April, a gunman impersonating a police officer drove a former RCMP automobile throughout rural Nova Scotia earlier than he was shot useless by police. The capturing left 22 useless and was one of many worst massacres in Canadian historical past.
Earlier this month, a 23-year-old from Antigonish, N.S. was arrested for impersonating a police officer whereas driving a automobile made to appear like a police cruiser. The Nova Scotia RCMP stated the person might have used the automobile to attempt to pull folks over. He’s scheduled to seem in provincial courtroom subsequent month.
In each situations, police say the civilians purchased former police automobiles, outfitted them with lights and decals, and pulled folks over. The circumstances prompted Nova Scotia Liberal MPs to contact caucus colleagues and Blair to press for adjustments to stop former police automobiles from being bought by members of the general public.
Former RCMP automobiles listed on the market
Blair’s assertion stated the federal government is pausing the sale of used police automobiles to make sure they are not used unlawfully. He didn’t say when the suspension can be lifted.
“Throughout this moratorium, the Authorities of Canada and the RCMP will study the insurance policies which might be at present in place and work in the direction of long-term options that additional ensures these automobiles will not be improperly outfitted or in any other case misused.”
As not too long ago as this week, anybody may have bought a used RCMP automobiles on the RCMP public sale website.
In a single advert, nonetheless listed as of Jan. 20, a 2013 Ford Taurus was listed for $2,300. It was among the many final surplus RCMP automobiles put up on the market on the federal government’s public sale website. Now there aren’t any such automobiles anyplace on the positioning.
Former police automobiles nonetheless seem usually on used automobile web sites and marketplaces.
These gross sales will nonetheless be allowed, however authorities will get entangled if these automobiles are utilized by somebody pretending to be an officer. In his assertion, Blair famous it is nonetheless unlawful to “impersonate a police officer and we are going to take each step doable to stop such crimes from going down.”