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Mounties prepare to relive ‘horrific night’ as trial against RCMP begins in N.B.

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WATCH: Scathing allegations in a New Brunswick courtroom today about how the RCMP failed its officers. As Ross Lord reports, our national police force is on trial - charged with violating Canada’s labour code – Apr 24, 2017

As the RCMP goes on trial on accusations of violating labour law on Monday, the man in charge of the New Brunswick Mounties has reminded his officers in an internal memo that the process will be tough for everyone.

The trial will focus on Labour Code charges stemming from the force’s response to the June 4, 2014, shootings of three New Brunwsick Mounties.

READ MORE: Father-in-law of slain Mountie in Moncton shootings calls for Ottawa, RCMP to avoid trial

Constables Doug Larche, Fabrice Gevaudan and Dave Ross were killed, while constables Eric Dubois and Darlene Goguen were wounded when gunman Justin Bourque used a semi-automatic rifle to target police officers in Moncton’s northwest end.

Larry Tremblay, the New Brunswick RCMP commander and assistant commissioner, urged service members to contact the force’s Employee Assistance Program if needed.

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“Witnesses will be called and details of that horrific night will be relived by them and through stories in the media. This will be stressful,”  he wrote.

Employment and Social Development Canada alleges the RCMP failed to provide members and supervisors with the appropriate information, instruction and training in an active shooter event, and also didn’t give members the appropriate equipment.

The force entered not-guilty pleas in May 2016.

“The organization has exercised its right to defend itself. Like any court case, there is a due process that will be followed,” wrote Tremblay.

Watch: Trial of RCMP on labour code charges after Moncton shootings pushed back one week

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Trial of RCMP on labour code charges after Moncton shootings pushed back one week

Nadine Larche, the wife of Const. Doug Larche, says change is needed in the RCMP before history repeats itself.  Larche said that while the trial will be extremely difficult for everyone, she hopes it will lead to changes to ensure officer safety and better working conditions.

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The trial is expected to last until June.

With files from The Canadian Press and Ross Lord

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