It's no secret that we have a problem with Grow Operations here in Canada and in particular in BC. Most of them are operated through organised crime of some kind, and its the people who grow their own pot with 1 or 2 plants that aren't the problem. Its the large scale, high money, high producing grow ops that are the problem, yet police don't have much ability to deal with them effectively. Yesterday is an example.
Yesterday, 4 Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers were ambushed and killed by a man because they raided his grow op/stolen car facility - the cops were just guarding the site while waiting for the investigation team to get there. The piss off of the whole thing is that the alleged murderer (who committed suicide) was arrested the night before because of the grow op and stolen car facility, and released by the Justice of the Peace later that night. He returned with a high powered rifle and shot the four cops, only 1 of those cops had time to draw his weapon before being gunned down. It's a tragic day for police services wherever you are.
Here's the CBC's story on it, though its even been on CNN
I have friends in the RCMP, I've worked with them at previous planning jobs and cooperated with them as a student at University - they are among the most professional and well-trained police officers anywhere in the world. Generally speaking I've yet to meet an unkind RCMP officer, who even in the midst of giving me a speeding ticket was friendly, jovial, and considerate.
Yesterday we lost 4 young, brave officers of the law. Each of them had less than 3 years experience each, 1 of them was just out of RCMP training for only 2 weeks .
I've thought of being an RCMP officer and using my planning degree in that way... I just needed a place to vent - I don't know why this has hit me so much personally...