Sunday, December 15, 2013

Are Delta Police preparing for a Sandy Hook style school massacre in Greater Vancouver?

Your dutiful scribes had a very odd twitter exchange on the weekend, so today's post is a departure from our regular fare.

Meet Cst Mike Atkinson of the Delta Police Department.

According to his twitter profile (@CstAtkinson), Cst. Atkinson is a Delta Police School Liaison Officer. The Delta Police website says the Delta Police School Liaison Program "is designed to build a strong relationship between police and youth to influence youth in becoming responsible members of the community."

This past weekend, as people across North America paused to remember the one year anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn, Cst. Atkinson posted a very odd and disturbing tweet on his twitter account.

Atkinson's tweet says, "In an effort to update my skills as a School Liaison Officer I have just completed a 5 day course improving my rifle skills."


In an effort to upgrade you School Liaison skills you've just completed a 5 day course improving your 'rifle' skills?  Were we reading this correctly?  How are marksman 'rifle' skills relevant to being a school liaison?

Even more disturbing, the message was retweeted by the Delta Police media relations officer (implying support for the tweet).

So we sought clarification.  We asked if the Cst. was preparing for a Canadian Sandy Hook (in light of his not so tactful tweet on this, the one year anniversary of the massacre):

Cst. Atkinson's reply, "we update all of our skills whenever we can. Including ones to protect our schools.":

'Protect our schools'?

We spoke with a number of people about this over the weekend, parents and non-parents alike, and every single one was greatly disturbed by this tweet.

Why did the Delta Police Department sanctioned this tweet on the one year anniversary of this horrible event? Is it because our police believe a similar Sandy Hook style school massacre in the Lower Mainland is an impending threat?

Do the police have information that make marksman rifle skills a necessary component of School Liaison Officer training? Since the rifle training is a part of his School Liaison training is Cst. Atkinson bringing a rifle to school with him?

Surely this demands further scrutiny.


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  1. a) The RCMP get everything wrong

    b) Police officers in general are not good lateral thinkers and are poor at expressing themselves

    c) He's a Liaison Officer. And he's an RCMP officer. The officer part of him took the rifle-shooting course and the liaison part makes him think he has to link this directly to his job.

    The sad part is RCMP officers are trained to think everyone is a potential threat. Their words. Not mine.

    As Dirty Harry said, a man has to know their limitations. Sadly, the RCMP isn't run by men like that.

    1. Unfortunately he is not RCMP. He has expressed himself and maybe not such a clear fashion and all police are required to upgrade their skills whether Federal or Municipal.

      Again he is not RCMP, not that will make any difference should something happen, they will just be the police

  2. That's the problem with twitter: there are never enough characters for context.