Today marks six weeks since the tragic shooting deaths of Cst. Dave Ross, Cst. Doug Larche and Cst. Fabrice Gevaudan. Cst. Eric Dubois and Cst. Darlene Goguen were also injured and I can tell you they are recovering from their injuries and are progressing very well.
Codiac Regional RCMP and the residents of Greater Moncton have together been through a lot in a short period of time. The support we have received from the community has not waned in that time and I want to sincerely thank you for that. You should know that your support has been what has carried us through the darkest of days. I also want to update you on a few things regarding your local police service.
As you know, additional police officers and policing support employees were brought in to relieve the Codiac employees to allow them to begin to deal with the tragedy. Over the past several weeks, Codiac Regional RCMP employees have been returning to work at various intervals. Each employee is assessed and cleared for work by health professionals. While many have returned, not all are yet ready, which is completely understandable in light of the magnitude of this tragedy. I can assure you that we continue to work with all employees to ensure they have the support they need to return to work as soon as they are able while at the same time also supporting those who have returned.
As for the criminal investigation, as you can appreciate, we are limited to what we can discuss in order to preserve the integrity of the investigation and to ensure the accused receives a fair trial. Our investigative team continues to work diligently and I want to thank the residents of Moncton North who have assisted them. The door to door canvas is completed and a number of citizens have uploaded videos and images for the investigators to look at. We have received a significant number and I want to remind anyone who may have images but has yet to upload them to please do so. This is recommended by the investigators as the best way to get the images to us. Here is the link to do so - www.services3.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/ut/index-en.php. If you are uncertain if it's something that can help, please err on the side of caution and send it to us. If you have any other information and have not already spoken to a police officer, please do not hesitate to contact us at 506-857-2400.
Over the past several weeks there has been a heightened awareness by people about safety and security. We've noticed this in the 24 9-1-1 calls that we received between June 5 and July 4, regarding what sounded like gunshots. While these were confirmed to be things such as fireworks and heavy machinery, we appreciate the vigilance of citizens and encourage residents that if they notice something out of the ordinary, to call police. No one knows your neighbourhood better than the residents who live there. We take all calls seriously and are trained to handle these incidents. While it can be unnerving to see a number of police officers descend on an area, your safety is first and foremost on our minds and we take all necessary steps to secure an area to determine exactly what the call is about.
Meanwhile, an internal review is also underway into the events that took place. It is being led by retired Nova Scotia RCMP Assistant Commissioner Alphonse MacNeil. This is commonly done in a matter as serious as this. Codiac Regional RCMP will be providing him and his team with whatever assistance required as he conducts the review.
Thank you again for all the support that you have provided. It has meant so much to all of us and continues to help us through this difficult time. We will never forget Dave, Doug and Fabrice, but we know we have a duty to them and to all residents of Greater Moncton to continue to police the communities of Dieppe, Moncton and Riverview to solve and prevent crime. Working together with you helps us achieve that goal.
Superintendent Marlene Snowman
Codiac Regional RCMP