The RCMP in British Columbia are offering some enterprising reporter a chance to follow an investigation from the inside.
The selected reporter would have the opportunity to attend team briefings, be an observer in active surveillance and have access to the investigation right through to the court process.
The program follows a spate of negative publicity surrounding the RCMP, from the death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski in a confrontation with four Mounties at Vancouver International Airport to recent allegations of sexual harassment of female officers.
Asked if the program was an effort to counteract the image questions raised by these incidents, Sergeant Duncan Pound said: “I think, with the RCMP, we have always believed the overwhelming majority of our members have done an outstanding job, day in and out. This may be a way to promote access to that silent majority that doesn’t get the same media attention.”
Sounds like the coverage will have to be largely embargoed so as to not compromise the investigation. The deadline for applying is May 2.