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August 14, 2012

Sadly RCMP Commissioner Robert Paulson is learning why his predecessor failed so miserably

RCMP Commissioner Robert Paulson

RCMP Commissioner Robert Paulson

RCMP Commissioner Robert Paulson is on record saying he wants to clean up the RCMP and get rid of the bad apples that are spoiling the barrel of decent cops.

It’s a commendable position to take, even if he’s not the first to attempt the monumental task of rebuilding the RCMP’s shattered image and lost confidence of the public.  His predecessor, William Elliott, also tried to clean up the RCMP and got absolutely nowhere.

At the time this failure was said to be the fault of Elliott himself because he wasn’t a career RCMP man and didn’t understand the culture.  Give that Paulson is hitting the exact same brick wall that Elliott did, I propose that the issue is not a lack of understanding of RCMP culture, but one of understanding it all too well.

Resistance to Change.  It’s the death-knell of any attempt to change a system from within, and the internal culture of the RCMP is highly resistant to change.

On an individual level, if you’re attempting to make positive changes in your life you can bet your bottom dollar that the people who will fight you most on that change are the people who that change affects most.

For example, if you’re finding that you’re drinking more than you ought and try changing that behavior, the folks fighting you hardest on that change will be your drinking buddies.  The reason is quite simple… if you think you’re drinking too much and need to stop, what does that say about them?

When you take that concept to the corporate level the resistance increases exponentially.

We are not all a bunch of screw-ups but it is evident we are all being lumped into that category and we are not valued and trusted,” BC RCMP Staff Sgt. Tim Chad wrote to Commissioner Paulson in an email in July.

Despite the complaints of Staff Sgt. Tim Chad, the entire world knows the RCMP isn’t filled with jackbooted thugs who drag their knuckles on the ground.  Even someone as critical of the RCMP as me can quite easily comprehend that simple fact.

For Chad to get so upset about the need to reform the internal culture of the RCMP only makes me question what it is he may have to hide or why he believes (presuming he believes he is one of the good cops) that he is being lumped in with the bad RCMP members.

Unless Staff Sgt. Tim Chad is “living under a rock”, as Commissioner Paulson suggested, then it must be blatantly obvious to him that the RCMP has some serious internal issues.

Staff Sgt. Tim Chad must be completely out of touch with reality if he can’t see the RCMP has an atrocious record with the public and, as a result, the public (that would be the very people he’s supposed to be serving and protecting) have absolutely no confidence or trust in the RCMP as a whole.

Studies have shown that confidence in the RCMP is lowest in British Columbia and is hardly a surprise given the public perception is that BC is the dumping ground for all the RCMP’s bad apples.

Cases of RCMP members using excessive force are so commonplace nobody is even surprised when another story breaks.  It’s become the norm.

That is, in a word, wrong.

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August 11, 2012

RCMP Constable Harley Gillman: The latest in a long line of thieving RCMP members

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It’s the typical RCMP response to one of their own being caught with his hand in the cookie jar: give the thief a paid vacation. That’s precisely what’s happened to RCMP Constable Harley Gillman of Saskatchewan’s Beardys First Nation.  He’s on a paid suspension or what I like to call a paid vacation after being charged with theft and breach of trust.

Constable Gillman would appear to have a very strong sense of entitlement.  This sense of entitlement led to Constable Gillman [allegedly] using his RCMP gas card to fill up both his and his wife’s vehicles repeatedly.  How long he’s been at this hasn’t been released as far as I can find, but it was long enough to rack up gas bills for their personal vehicles over $5,000.

To quote the Saskatchewan Star-Phoenix article:

According to RCMP, a complaint was received in May 2012 about a Rosthern RCMP officer and his wife purchasing fuel for their personal vehicles with an RCMP fuel card. Following a four-month investigation that was started by the Prince Albert general investigation section, charges were laid against the pair.

Cst. Harley Gillman, 42, and Marie Cheryl Diane Gillman – both residents of Beardys First Nation – have been charged with fraud over $5,000 and theft over $5,000. Harley Gillman is also charged with breach of trust by a public officer.

Why is it that so many RCMP members don’t comprehend the most basic concept of right and wrong?

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