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New RNC unit tackles weapons and drug enforcement on the Northeast Avalon

October 5, 2023  By Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Oct. 5, 2023, St. John’s, Nfld. – As part of work to ensure safe communities for residents of the Northeast Avalon, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary has established a new Weapons and Drug Enforcement Unit.

The Weapons and Drug Enforcement Unit is the result of a successful pilot project. This new unit is led by a dedicated team of officers, focused on a proactive approach to curbing violence before it occurs.

“Illicit drug trafficking and the organized crime networks behind it can have serious impacts on our society. I want to sincerely thank our over 400 dedicated officers who put their lives at risk every day to improve public safety for all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. The Weapons and Drug Enforcement Unit is a proactive approach to stop gun crime and remove drugs and weapons from our communities,” said Chief Patrick Roche, Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.

The Honourable John Hogan, KC, Minister of Justice and Public Safety and Attorney General, joined RNC Police Chief Patrick Roche and Deputy Police Chief Stephanie Lagace to discuss the new Weapons and Drug Enforcement Unit on Oct. 5 at RNC Provincial Headquarters.


“Firearm-related violence poses a threat to our communities and our province. Safety is a priority for this government, and I am pleased to see the RNC commit a team of dedicated officers to help tackle this important matter. I thank Chief Roche and his team for their work in keeping our province a safe place to live and work,” said Honourable John Hogan.

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