New allegations of mishandling in Pickton saga

One tip lost, opportunities wasted say people familiar with the matter


An inquiry appointed in 2010 to assess police handling of Robert Pickton’s case found that the RCMP lost the first tip it received about the serial killer. The call came in to Vancouver Crime Stoppers on July 27, 1998, the Globe and Mail reports, when a caller said a woman visiting a man living in a trailer on a farm in Port Coquitlam had noticed at least 10 purses, along with female identification and women’s clothing. Though Crime Stoppers passed on the information to an RCMP corporal, it did not reach the detective investigating the disappearances of a number of downtown women in Vancouver until nine days later, when the tipper called again. Pickton was eventually arrested 3 1/2 years later, in February 2002. Separately, Cpl. Catherine Galliford, who recently said publicly she suffered years of sexual harassment from male colleagues as a female RCMP officer in B.C., said she reviewed a 1999 RCMP file on Pickton that she said contained enough information to obtain a search warrant for the killer back then.

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New allegations of mishandling in Pickton saga

  1. My first question would be, did? Cpl. Galliford have the investigational apptitude to formulate the possibility of having a judicial authorization signed by a JP or Justice/Judge and how many search warrants had she been the affiant in prior to this?  If she had come to the realization a search warrant should have been pursued why did she not do it herself if she felt that strongly about the information?  Doesn’t seem her opinion then and her inaction had “the backs of the family,” but only aggrivated the situation. 

    My second question would be was she not the Media Relations Person, not an investigator, so why would she be required for investigational matters and associatedbusiness trips?

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