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Police armed with carbines the new norm at Remembrance Day services

RCMP officers at Kelowna's Remembrance Day service.
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November 16, 2015 - 9:00 PM

VERNON - It’s a special sight to see Mounties dressed in their ceremonial red serge, but officers turned heads at last week’s Remembrance Day service in Vernon for a different reason — the carbines they were carrying.

We might not be used to seeing police officers patrolling Remembrance Day services with semi-automatic rifles, but Const. Jocelyn Noseworthy says it’s the norm ever since a soldier was shot and killed on Parliament Hill last year.

With veterans, RCMP officers, military personnel and civilians all in one area, Noseworthy says Remembrance Day services are potentially high risk targets.

“We made the decision there should be someone protecting everyone,” Noseworthy says, adding the precaution is standard across the country.

There were no specific threats at the Vernon Remembrance Day ceremony.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infonews.ca or call 250-309-5230. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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