Nov 06, 2014
By Jane Brown
OPP officers have been directed to wear their full uniforms and to carry their service guns and wear protective vests if they are attending Remembrance Day ceremonies this Tuesday during off-duty hours. The directive comes following two separate fatal attacks on Canadian soldiers last month.
Off-duty Toronto Police officers will not be wearing their uniforms or carrying their service weapons. Chief Bill Blair says it’s not necessary.
“In the absence of a specific threat being identified and a properly done threat assessment,” the outgoing chief explained, “I’m not prepared to authorize the carrying of firearms for all police officers off duty. I don’t believe it’s necessary.”
This decision is not going over well with Toronto Police Association President Mike McCormack, who says “terrorist organizations are targeting our members, are targeting our police officers…and they’re not going to say, we’ll only do it while they’re on duty.”
McCormack has been pushing for Toronto police officers to be able to carry weapons while off duty.