N.S. mass shooting probe hears of higher police education standards in other systems

A public inquiry into the Nova Scotia mass shooting heard Wednesday how police education in Finland far exceeds RCMP levels – as experts call for major reforms in RCMP training.

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Kimmo Himberg, who retired last year as rector of the National Police University College in Finland, told the commission that each officer has a minimum of three years of training at the university before being enrolled in the country’s peacekeeping force. About 5.5 million people.

The former police officer provides details during a roundtable discussion on police preparedness for important events, which is part of an investigation into the killing of 22 people by a gunman on April 18-19, 2020.

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The investigation has heard criticism of the RCMP’s performance on issues that included confusion in the order of the response, an inability to open aerial mapping that showed possible escape routes and failures to issue timely warnings to the general public.

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