RCMP CFP Evaluation – Part 6.6

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Recommendation 5 of 7 for this section of the “evaluation”.  Read along at:

http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/pd-dp/eval/index-eng.htm

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Recommendation 10:

That the RCMP operational policies about reporting mental health incidents to the CFO be updated and further reference Firearms Interest Police (FIP) reporting.

They are really harping on this “mental health” thing, aren’t they?  I guess they figure if they through enough bafflegab around, somebody somewhere will fall for it…

CFP personnel are currently performing online web searches for firearms abuse, particularly with firearm licensees and applicants, and they have had success in identifying applicants of concern.(1) Much of their investigative reporting is done using the Firearms Program CFIS. As a national program application for recording following up investigations, it has an opportunity to be utilized by the CFP in promoting public safety.

(1) Say what?  Our tax dollars are being spent on petty tyrants to surf the web to spy on gun owners and others?  Just how much “success” have they had?  Just what constitutes “concern”?  Where are the hard and fast results of these endeavours?  All we’ve got is some nebulous assertions on their part…

Tracking and retention of historical information needs to be available to Firearm Officer Investigators in a timely manner, to enable them to properly conduct investigations. Privacy and information security concerns could be addressed by limiting access to sensitive information, such as that related to mental health which could be shared on a, ‘as required’ basis.

Just what kind of “historical information” do they have in mind?  Is this like the “permanent record” you hear jokes about?

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If CFIS were recognized in the Firearms Act as a national electronic system, the RCMP would be in a better position to implement quality standards for usage, storage, retention and continuous evaluation/audit. This would allow the RCMP to promote expectations of operational usage consistently, and to mitigate risks including: information availability to police agencies, cross border sharing of investigative material; and balancing information management with the privacy and safety of Canadians.

The Privacy Commissioner’s concerns over the existing use and management of law-abiding citizen’s private information by the CFP have been largely ignored.  Now the RCMP want what appears to be “carte blanche” to do whatever the hell they please…

  • Management Supports Recommendation (Yes or No)

Management supports the recommendation.

  • Current Status

In consultation with CCAPS, FIESD is developing operational policy in regards to firearms. At the same time FIESD are reviewing (again in conjunction with CCAPs) existing RCMP policy on firearms to see what needs to be updated. FIESD is also developing administrative and standard operating procedures for its directorate.

Linking to this is a national Policy Committee made up of analysts and employees from CFO offices working on developing policies for business licences, shooting clubs and shooting ranges.

  • Responsible
    • LRTSD (Licensing, Registration and Technical Services Directorate)
    • FIESD (Firearms Investigative and Enforcement Services Directorate)
  • Planned Action
    • Prepare a work plan to advance and update CFP operational and administrative policy at the national level (including the reporting of mental health incidents to CFOs and further reference Firearms Interest Police (FIP) reporting).

Diary Date: March 31, 2010

    • Continue to work with RCMP CCAPS in policy development.

Diary Date: On-going

    • Review existing standard operational policies across Canada to highlight best practices.

Diary Date: December 2010

Is there no limit to how much snooping The State wants to do on honest citizens who, by and large, will never commit any heinous crimes with their guns – or without them, for that matter?

I’ll bet that the vast majority of gun owners have no idea just how much scrutiny they are put under on a daily basis.




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