Former Cape Breton Regional Police Chief Edgar MacLeod, left, showed emotion as the hearse carrying Chief Myles Burke passed by in this file photo. Macleod said Wednesday's fatal shooting of three police officers in Moncton underscores the fine line officers walk every day in fulfilling their mandate to serve and protect.
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A former Cape Breton police chief said Wednesday's fatal shooting of three police officers in Moncton underscores the fine line officers walk every day in fulfilling their mandate to serve and protect.
"Officer safety and safety of citizens is a daily part of what we do," said former Cape Breton Regional Police chief Edgar MacLeod, who is now executive director of the Atlantic Police Academy in Prince Edward Island.
"My heart goes out to my police colleagues in New Brunswick."
MacLeod said safety training is provided to both cadets and seasoned officers from across the region on a regular basis in order to update officers with the latest techniques and approaches to situations.
"What has happened in Moncton is always a hot topic during training sessions," he said.
The New Brunswick city was in lockdown Thursday as RCMP officers scoured a north end neighbourhood in search of Justin Bourque, 24, who is alleged to have fatally shot three officers and injured two more.
MacLeod said while officers are taught how to use appropriate force while balancing safety, the officers in this case may not have had any chance to protect themselves.
Meanwhile, Cape Breton Regional Police Chief Peter McIsaac has extended condolences and offered any assistance possible to his police colleagues in Moncton.
Regional service spokeswoman Desiree Vassallo said Thursday the chief did speak with RCMP official.
Vassallo said McIsaac has offered all of his force's specialized services which will remain on stand-by to be deployed in a moment's notice.
"There is a rather sombre mood here today as this is a reminder of just how dangerous a job this can be," Vassallo said of the scene at regional police headquarters.
"Everyone in the law enforcement community is feeling this today."