It is a little surprising given that police always tell us reporters that they can’t provide specific addresses where crimes occur for privacy reasons, so give us a more general block-reference and street name.
I can see some backlash to this new policy – if the house is rented, is it fair to the owner? If there is more than one suite, could others not involved in the grow-op be unfairly linked? And if the house has changed hands since the bust, could the new owners be smeared? But I am sure there were discussions about the pros and cons of the new policy. And the addresses are only going to stay online for a year. It will no doubt ignite a lot of public response, both pro and con.
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RCMP to post addresses of marijuana growing operatings on its website As part of an initiative to combat marijuana growing operations, the RCMP will post online the addresses of all drug growing operations and clandestine labs police dismantle.
The move is part of an RCMP-led initiative launched Wednesday in Ottawa that will focus on enforcement, deterrence and awareness.
The addresses will remain on the RCMP website for a period of one year.
”Marijuana grow operations pose a serious threat to Canadians, the safety of our communities and the law enforcement officers fighting against these illegal operations,” said Shelly Glover, the Conservative MP for Saint Boniface, Man., and a former police officer.
”Marijuana grow operations harm communities. Wherever they exist, there’s the potential for an increase in criminal activity and a greater chance of fire, explosions and violence,” said RCMP Assistant Commissioner Mike Cabana.
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