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Customs and Immigration Union Statement on Officer shooting in British Columbia

FROM : Ottawa, ON
DATE : October 17, 2012
PRIORITY : For Immediate Release

Yesterday afternoon, a member of the Customs and Immigration Union who was working as a Front-line Border Services Officer was shot and seriously injured while performing her duties at the Douglas port of entry in British Columbia. Jean-Pierre Fortin, National President of the Customs and Immigration Union, offered the support of the entire CIU membership to their injured colleague.

“The thoughts of our membership are with our Sister and her family at this terrible time. This incident reminds us all that as law enforcement officers serving Canadians, the personal safety risk our members undertake is real each and every time they go on shift because dealing with the unknown is part of their job.”

“I want to thank Canadians for the tremendous outpouring of support they have offered to our Sister and her colleagues at Douglas and in the Pacific Region. In the days to come, we will closely examine the circumstances that led to this tragic event. Our priority now is to ensure the full recovery of our injured Sister and the welfare and safety of all our members whose courage and dedication help keep our country safe.”


The Customs and Immigration Union (CIU) is a component of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), which represents Canada’s Front-Line Customs and Immigration Officers. CIU also represents Investigation, Intelligence and Trade Customs Officers, Immigration Inland Enforcement and Hearings Officers, as well as all support staff – all of whom work at the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

For more information, please contact:

Jean-Pierre Fortin
National President
450-357-6684 (mobile),

Jonathan Choquette
Communications & Political Coordination Officer, CIU
819-773-2511 (mobile),