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Cops learn French

December 5, 2010

Crime reporters are getting used to a new routine of dealing with the RCMP now that the provincial Mounties are delaying posting press releases to their website until a French language translation is available. The B.C. RCMP had been violating the Official Languages Act by not providing French versions of releases on its website.

Ian Jacques of the Coast Reporter writes that the police shouldn’t have to translate all their press releases into French.

The RCMP have a difficult enough job as it is, and now that job has become a lot harder. The RCMP in this province have been under fire on numerous occasions in the past few years, and one of the main complaints from the public was lack of communication and lack of information from the RCMP. Now the federal government is compromising that information sharing.

I can’t believe our politicians are putting government policies and political correctness ahead of public safety.

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Jacques writes that “the RCMP’s ability to communicate with the public has now been severely compromised thanks to the Official Languages Act.”

It’s certainly a pain in the ass for the cops; and it’s a small nuisance for journalists, because now every crime reporter on the Mounties’ e-mail list is getting every RCMP release, even if they’re for something that happened 500 miles away. But do you agree with Jacques?

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  1. Tyler Olsen
    December 5, 2010 at 11:11 am

    I doubt it’s putting anyone’s life at risk and it certainly shouldn’t be delaying the spread of information. If anything, now you don’t have to check a website anymore; you can just wait for the release to pop up in your inbox.

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