07 August 2007

Security concerns

Security for the Premier and his family (including the family home) is the responsibility of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.

If it isn't currently, it used to be not so very long ago and the police officers assigned to the detail are as professional and capable as any police officers anywhere.

So why exactly is the Premier considering hiring security guards, presumably out of his own pocket, after yet another incident?

We don't need to know the details; details of the Premier's security arrangements are not a matter that should ever be discussed publicly.

However, we should all be concerned about a situation involving the Premier's security which, as the Premier himself notes, is not the first time someone has gained entry to his home.

In any event, no private security firms - if that's what the Premier was driving at - should be involved in providing physical security to the Premier or any other public official. That's why we have the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police VIP details.