June 6, 2014 4:09 pm

‘It’s very difficult to prepare for something like this’: EPS chief on Moncton shooting

Edmonton Police Services Chief Rod Knecht speaks with the media in Edmonton, Alta., on Monday, June 18, 2012.


EDMONTON – Rod Knecht, chief of the Edmonton Police Service (EPS), says shootings like the one in Moncton are incredibly hard to predict, but that EPS officers are well trained for a similar situation.

“Policing is… you can never predict what’s going to happen,” said Knecht during an interview on Shaw TV.

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The shooting in Moncton that left three RCMP officers dead and two injured has impacted law enforcement personnel across the country.

“It’s very difficult to prepare for something like this,” he added.

“Each circumstance is very unique in and of itself.”

“Something as simple as checking a car: you may be stopping a car for a traffic violation and that can turn into a very violent incident or escalate very, very quickly depending on the circumstances.”

Still, he says local police officers are as prepared as they can be for those kinds of situations.

“Our officers here in Edmonton are very well trained, very well equipped. And, are they prepared for that exact type of circumstance? In a broad degree, yes.”

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As a show of support for the fallen officers, the flags at RCMP K Division in Edmonton have been lowered.

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This weekend, Mayerthorpe and Whitecourt are hosting the fifth annual Fallen Four Memorial Marathon.


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