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Canada Ex-Highway Patrol chief was fired after buying silencers, automatic rifles

04:00  26 june  2020
04:00  26 june  2020 Source:   leaderpost.com

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Chief Donny Williams of the Wilmington Police Department said in a news conference that the officers were fired for misconduct after an internal Later in the conversation, Officer Piner told Corporal Moore that he felt a civil war was coming and that he was “ready” and going to buy a new assault rifle .

The Saskatchewan Highway Patrol (SHP) was created in July of 2018 and has been part of the province's Protection and Response Team (PRT) , which is Silencers , fully automatic rifles among guns purchased. In her report. Ferguson says the Highways Ministry found itself the owner of various

a group of police officers standing in front of a car: New Saskatchewan Highway Patrol vehicles. © TROY FLEECE New Saskatchewan Highway Patrol vehicles.

The former chief of the Saskatchewan Highway Patrol was fired last year after buying about $140,000 worth of inappropriate equipment, including silencers and fully automatic rifles.

The firing was revealed on Tuesday , but the province’s minister of highways, Greg Ottenbreit, confirmed the position of the terminated employee on Thursday.

The highways ministry also confirmed on Thursday that the matter is before the courts.

Ottenbreit could not say why the chief felt the need to acquire that equipment, saying some of the details are subject to legal constraints around human resources issues. A ministry spokesman had previously said it was for “training” purposes.

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Recording captured one of the officers saying a civil war was necessary to wipe Black people off the map and that he was ready.

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“His reasoning I can’t really comment on,” said Ottenbreit. “It’s an improper piece of equipment for the Highway Patrol. They’ve been on lockdown. They were never put into use.

“This is not required equipment,” Ottenbreit added. “It wasn’t acceptable equipment. That’s why it’s been confiscated, locked up and will be disposed of.”

Ottenbreit said the ministry will be able to recover some of those costs by selling the equipment to other authorities that can use it. He said the ministry will not be on the hook for any severance payments as a result of the termination.

The inappropriate purchases were revealed on Tuesday by Saskatchewan’s provincial auditor, who also criticized the way the equipment was bought in some cases.

Her office noted that large purchases were split up into smaller chunks, apparently in order to get below a $10,000 limit on using purchasing cards.

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  Provincial auditor faults how Sask. bought guns for Highway Patrol Saskatchewan’s provincial auditor is shooting holes in the Highways Ministry’s process for buying and tracking equipment like carbines, drones and silencers. In its annual audit report, Judy Ferguson’s office found that ministry officials used purchase cards — essentially credit cards — to buy hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of equipment to support the expanded role of Highway Patrol over the 2018-19 year. The ministry ended up with In its annual audit report, Judy Ferguson’s office found that ministry officials used purchase cards — essentially credit cards — to buy hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of equipment to support the expanded role of Highway Patrol over the 2018-19 year.

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The highways ministry originally detected the improper purchases through an internal review. The review was intended to assess whether highway patrol officers were properly equipped as they took on added responsibilities for responding to rural crime as part of the protection and response teams .

“That showed the inconsistency, I would say, with the the equipment purchase. Further review is what exposed the improper process in purchasing equipment,” said Ottenbreit.

“That’s when we referred all of this information to the auditor, and she came back with the information she did, which resulted in the termination of the employee.”

He said his ministry accepts all of the recommendations the provincial auditor outlined on Tuesday. She called for better monitoring to ensure compliance with transaction limits for purchasing cards and better oversight for buying regulated firearms and ammunition, as well as better tracking of Highway Patrol equipment.

Ottenbreit said he is now confident in leadership at Highway Patrol and believes it will remain an “effective enforcement arm” that can support policing in rural areas.

awhite-crummey@postmedia.com

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