The Commanding Officer of the New Brunswick RCMP says they will never forget the impact the events of June 4th, 2014 had on the victims families, the community, and the Mounties themselves.
Assistant Commissioner Larry Tremblay spoke to reporters outside the Moncton courthouse Friday after Judge Leslie Jackson sentenced the RCMP to pay $550,000 for failing to properly equip and train frontline members.
"We also have to remember the support we have received from all our partners, and from the community here in New Brunswick, and that support has never wavered," says Tremblay. "It's significant to all our employee that still go to work every day since that event, and will continue to go to work."
He says the judge highlighted steps they've already taken.
"Even before the RCMP was charged, we had engaged in making significant effort toward officer safety, he acknowledged the effort we had made in regards to the MacNeil report, he acknowledged the significant progress made," says Tremblay.
According to details in Judge Jackson's sentencing decision, the RCMP have implemented 56 of 64 recommendations from the MacNeil report, including an enhanced rollout of the carbine program.
As of November 2017, 74.7% of the 115 frontline members of the Codiac Detachment frontline members had carbine training, with 41 weapons available every shift.
That compares to 63.5% of frontline members nationally who are trained to use carbines.
In addition, since July 2015, all cadets graduating from the RCMP Training Academy have received carbine training.