I have just finished reading an article on line from Global News where the RCMP have honored fallen members lost on the job and how new recruits must respect the fallen members.
While I believe this to be an admirable gesture for those members that have lost their lives, I am faced with the question of what the RCMP is doing to support the members and their families that have fallen into the “bad apple category”. Now we all know the bad apples that Commissioner Paulson is referring to aren’t just those that have been caught drinking on the job, watching porn at the office, or sexually assaulting their subordinates. He’s also lumping into the category those that have made a complaint against the RCMP, for being bullied, harassed, and sexually assaulted. It’s exactly those that were treated “dis-respectfully”.
While Commissioner Paulson stated, it’s a risky calling, it’s a dangerous calling, what does he really mean? We all know that policing is a dangerous job. You don’t have to be Einstein to figure that out. However, what about the risk, dangers of corruption from within the Force? What is the RCMP doing about that? From what I’ve seen, read, heard from those that have been abused, bullied and left to perish, NOTHING!!!! Sorry I was wrong on that, they eventually get a “Letter of Intent to Dismiss”. They certainly don’t seem to get the “respect” of having their complaints dealt with.
I suppose this gesture came at a much needed time for some good publicity, because sure as heck they haven’t had any in a while. How have they dealt with Cpl. Pierre Lemaitre’s death, which was confirmed by the coroner to be a suicide? Those of us within the force are in the know of why he did what he did..
It’s nothing but more lies, deceit and scheming that continues within the force. Ask any member that isn’t management about how much they fear their bosses more than the outside world. A comment made to me by a civilian within the force was, “They eat their own!”
The article states: This weekend, a new initiative called the “Silent Partner Program” was launched. Cadets entering the detachment will receive a card with personal information and career highlights of a fallen member.
How about the members that have been damaged with PTSD, or other mental disorders that were acquired on the job? Some or most have had multiple years in the organization. Did they not have “career highlights”?
He further states, “The cadets have to understand the risks in the job but also conduct themselves and behave in a way that is respectful to the 231 fallen members,” said Commissioner Paulson.
What about the respect within the confines of the Force Mr. Paulson? I might add that should start with you. I seem to recall just this past summer where you apologized (because you were caught) for making a whistling sound and making the crazy gesture with your finger at a Town Hall Meeting in Alberta. Is that a respectful way to behave Mr. Paulson? Or how about when you publicly humiliated three RCMP officers at a Senate Committee meeting because their stories were the truth and not what you wanted to hear. Was that respectful Mr. Paulson?
“Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.” Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790);
RCMP and RESPECT, unfortunately not these days.
An RCMP Spouse