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News (Media Awareness Project) - Canada: RCMP Plan To Spend Hundreds Of Thousands On Us
Title:Canada: RCMP Plan To Spend Hundreds Of Thousands On Us
Published On:2011-12-30
Source:Nanaimo Daily News (CN BC)
Fetched On:2012-01-01 06:00:37

The RCMP is preparing to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to
send police officers to Phoenix for three weeks of training where
alcohol and drugs feature prominently and a bar is a hotel requirement.

The Mounties are planning six workshops - each three weeks long - in
the sun-soaked Arizona city between April 2012 and March 2013 to
train a few hundred RCMP, provincial and municipal police officers
from across the country on recognizing and testing drug-impaired drivers.

Police say there's currently a dearth of officers in Canada with
expertise in spotting and catching drug-impaired drivers. The RCMP,
which administers the training of all Canadian police officers on
drug recognition, says Phoenix is the teaching hot spot and best
place to find high drivers in mass quantity.

The RCMP is calling for bids from hotels that can provide queen-or
kingsized beds for around 35 people for each three-week training
session, amounting to 680 guest room nights for each workshop and a
total 4,080 room nights over the six sessions planned for Phoenix.
Each workshop will include around 24 officers for training, six
certified instructors and four to six additional officers practising
to be instructors.

A couple of meeting rooms, including one with an on-site bar, are
also required for training purposes. The force estimates the total
hotel tab will range between $100,000 and $250,000, according to its
request for proposals.

Sending more than 200 officers to Phoenix over the six training
sessions - with return flights from major Canadian cities ranging
from around $550 to $700 - will likely add at least another $100,000
to the total bill. But RCMP officials say they're saving taxpayers
potentially $120,000 by consolidating the training in one city this year.
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