The Canadian Press reports.The RCMP is recommending an expansion of the 16-year-old federal witness-protection program to include members of street gangs,
The Mounties administer witness protection, which offers anything from short-term protection to permanent relocation and identity changes, CP noted, adding the program cost $9 million in 2011-12.
The program was legislated by Parliament in 1996 to offer protection to those assisting in criminal cases, as well as families or others who might need protection because of their relationship with the witness.
The RCMP says there's no list of offences eligible for the program and people are accepted based on the nature of the case and threat level.
Using access-to-information legislation, CP obtained the RCMP's blueprint to update the program with help from the federal Public Safety Department and the provinces, which can access the federal program.
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