The superintendent of the Codiac RCMP issued a public apology Friday after Mounties mistakenly told a family that their son died outside Moncton City Hall following a drug overdose.
On Nov. 22, police discovered the body of a homeless man inside a public washroom outside Moncton City Hall. The man was initially identified as 35-year-old Luke Landry.
However, police informed the wrong family of their son’s death.
Benoit Jolette says he expresses the force’s profound regret and sincere apologies for the incorrect next-of-kin notification, and that he knows the deep and lasting impacts on both families involved.
He added that he also apologized to the families personally.
“We are reviewing the incident, as well as the application of our policies and procedures, to find out exactly what happened, and we are committed to take every step possible to ensure this does not happen again,” said Jolette in the statement.
Jolette said the Codiac RCMP strives to respond to all incidents with professionalism, integrity and respect, reaffirming a commitment to serving the public with compassion.
“There are times we can do better and you have my assurance we will,” he said.