There’s more bad news coming about the RCMP, including information on unprofessional conduct in the Surrey Six gangland murder investigation. In a May internal memo, Commissioner Bob Paulson warned that several salacious incidents were about to surface. He said,
“Sadly there is a lot to choose from if you want to criticize us.”
As one of the principal players, Paulson was not merely guessing. He’s the guy in charge of doing next to nothing.
We already covered the transfer to BC of disgraced Alberta Staff-Sgt. Don Ray and the unnamed RCMP Inspector who was moved to BC after being neither dismissed nor demoted following a February drunk-driving conviction.
In May, RCMP Sgt. Michael D. Luciak plead guilty in Saskatoon to assaulting his 14-year old daughter.
Thursday, Sun columnist Ian Mulgrew detailed a wretched story involving Coquitlam RCMP Cpl. Jim Brown posing for explicit images with a female shown as a victim of kidnap, knife threats and sexual torture. Keeping in mind Coquitlam RCMP failures in the investigation of serial killer Robert Pickton, we should ask why Brown’s superiors concluded that he offended no code of conduct, a conclusion reconsidered after the story began to circulate in public.
My blogging effort began in 2009, prompted by the RCMP’s attitude — cover-our-asses and admit-no-wrong — after four members killed Robert Dziekanski. Since then, I’ve scanned thousands of pages from expert reports that recommended wholesale changes to the federal police service. Those were usually accompanied by high ranking officials promising that changes have been or will be made.
Ex-Mountie says RCMP is a toxic workplace, Carlito Pablo, Georgia Straight, February 2012
“Workplace problems have been highlighted in reports such as the one prepared by David Brown in 2007. A former head of the Ontario Securities Commission, Brown called for sweeping organizational and cultural changes in the force.
“That same year saw the release of another study regarding the force. In that paper, organizational expert and author Linda Duxbury stated that the current RCMP culture does not support change…
” ‘Police people are hard-driving problem solvers,’ [psychologist Mike] Webster noted. ‘And sometimes they step on each other’s toes, and these conflicts arise naturally. But in the municipal-police world, there’s a process to deal with them. In the RCMP, there’s no process. And these issues just go on and on and on.’ “
The apparent truth is that substantive change will not be made because RCMP management is so dysfunctional it cannot be fixed. Senior officers have little will to change and federal government overseers focus on diverting, deflecting and diminishing problems. The only serious commitment senior management and politicians have is to writing vacuous press releases and congratulating each other at ceremonies.
RCMP officer’s sexually explicit photos on S&M website, Ian Mulgrew, Vancouver Sun, July 6 2012
“An RCMP code-of-conduct inquiry is underway into a Mountie who played a big part in the investigation into serial killer Robert Pickton and appeared on an Internet website posing in sexually explicit torture images reminiscent of the pig-farmer’s crimes.
“In some of the graphic pictures obtained by The Vancouver Sun, Coquitlam Cpl. Jim Brown appears to wear only his regulation-issue Mountie boots and an erection as he wields a huge knife and a bound naked woman cringes in terror…”
According to Mulgrew’s report, Supt. Claude Wilcott still minimizes Brown’s behaviour, saying,
“it’s important to note that they [the images] appear only on an adult site catering to those who seek them out.”
Young men and women hoping to join the RCMP are told:
“You should possess the following values: integrity, honesty, professionalism, compassion, respect and accountability. Our selection process will determine if your personal history, traits and characteristics are suitable for a career in policing.”
We can assume that Cpl. Jim Brown is not required to measure up to those standards.