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There’s a switch over to internet based phones and teleconference systems. The ones I installed about a month ago- which is the future- records video calls and asks if you want to store them- it’s not normally done. Usually you delete them. It’s a default thing.You would need an LEO with experience in these high level politically charged meetings.
Every serious crime/murder investigation I've been a part of records all meetings/briefings etc but I can't say for certain its SOP amongst the likes of Superintendents, Assistant and Deputy Commissioners, or the Commissioner of the RCMP herself.
What I can say with absolute certainty is that the recording having been made was in fact evidence and never should have been destroyed. Given this was the largest mass murder in Canadian history, and the conversation involved the senior most ranks of the RCMP there is absolutely no excuse or reasonable explanation as to why this recording was deleted. No brand new Constable oopsies, no "we didn't think the recording was relevant", no "reached its purge date per policy".
To me this is destruction of evidence, plain and simple. At the least, somebody should be fired. I'd prefer to see somebody charged, made an example of, and then dismissed.
I believe the tech guy told me that they can pull it out of the data on the drive if they need to. But I didn’t know enough of what I was looking at.
As a practice they aren’t stored. Even my calls with ministry of justice or environment etc we go out of our way to ensure that no one is recording- because presently it’s not known how we’re going to
Store it- for what reasons- for what periods.
So presently- until the policy is sorted it’s not done.
These briefings- and the sensitive notes etc that come out of them are political beasts that are crafted by many hands. The conversations making the briefings are supposed to be open air so that you can have conversations.
You could make an argument that all conversations in a polticians office should be recorded. I think it’s a good idea. But it’s not presently a practice.
As an org the RCMP would be dragged kicking and screaming into this.
I agree in this case I would have held into it. For historical record,