COLLINS – Taking non-lethal weapons from RCMP makes little sense

RCMP AND OTHER police forces have a protocol to follow when they go out on a call. On a normal call, they start with verbal communication, then proceed through a series of non-lethal options until, if nothing else works, officers have to resort to lethal force, such as firearms.

But to go directly from talk to gun seems to leave fewer options for police officers who feel threatened during a confrontation.

The Public Safety Minister is talking about reform within the RCMP. And so he is asking the force to stop using non-lethal weapons like neck restraints, rubber bullets and tear gas.

In an increasingly violent society, are we putting our officers more in danger by taking away these resources? Do we now want the RCMP to answer a call with guns blazing because they have no other resources?


Doug Collins has had a wide background in the broadcast industry, having done virtually every type of news and sports broadcasting, including news anchor, sports play-by-play, and editorialist. His “One Man’s Opinion” aired on TV from 1973- 2013. He retired from his management roles in the station in October, 2018, but continues to write his column. In 2019, Doug was awarded the Freedom of the City.

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