Monday, February 29, 2016
RCMP Overtime Cost $900K in Entrapment case
The Huffington Post is reporting that The RCMP spent just over $900,000 in overtime pay over the course of a five-month undercover operation that led to the arrests of two terrorism suspects in British Columbia. Documents obtained by The Canadian Press through a freedom-of-information request show the Mounties paid at least 200 people, mostly police officers, $911,090.54 for overtime work during the investigation, which was code named Project Souvenir.
This was just the overtime bill for the ridiculous entrapment case. The overall cost of the operation was not provided. Where is the public accountability for tax dollars misspent?
Rob Gordon, a criminologist at Simon Fraser University said "Here, the concern very much is that all of this money may have been wasted because police may have overstepped an ethical mark ... about encouraging people to do things," Gordon said, referring to the question of whether the couple were entrapped. "If they're encouraging them, what was the purpose? The answer to that is, well, to get a conviction: to show that they're doing something about terrorism issues." "That's a cynical view,'' he added. Indeed. Without the RCMP there was no means or motive to commit the crime. It was a huge waste of tax dollars. BTW CSIS are still in contempt of court. Again.