The past two weeks have been challenging for Canadians across the country. This is true for RCMP members who find themselves once again in the middle of difficult, and often highly politicized protests, while working around the clock to ease tensions and ensure protests do not escalate.
Across Canada, our members have a sworn duty to keep the peace, regardless of personal opinions or preferences. It’s important to remember that, in general, protests are most often coordinated events, planned far in advance. Our members will connect with protest leaders ahead of time to understand their objectives and to ensure that their right to peaceful assembly is upheld, and they remain in touch for the duration of the protest. They also make it clear to organizers that illegal behaviour won’t be tolerated.
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