USGE supports the CPC call for independent policing of RCMP

    OTTAWA, Aug. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - The Union of Solicitor General Employees
(USGE) has come out in support of the recent report released by the Commission
for Public Complaints against the RCMP (CPC), in which there is a call for an
external party to police Canada's national police force.
    "We were pleased to read this report", said John Edmunds, National
President of the USGE. "However, we would ask that this go further and that
internal harassment investigation complaints also be performed by external or
unbiased 3rd parties. We have found that in many instances, when an internal
complaint is leveled against an officer, that officer does not get
disciplined, but rather gets promoted."
    There have been enough situations where internal complaints have not been
investigated, or have been lightly touched upon and then discarded. The RCMP
does have some policies, but these are quite often not in sync with Treasury
Board policies and investigations are not performed accordingly.
    Furthermore, internal harassment complaints are viewed as 'code of
conduct' issues which fall under the RCMP Act and these have a specific
timeline in which they need to be reviewed. Quite often, the deadline comes
and goes and the harasser is not disciplined.To have a specific set of
guidelines and policies that would direct such investigations would ensure
fairness and balanced reporting.
    "As Mr. Kennedy stated, the RCMP is held to a higher standard of
accountability. And as such, they should also welcome a more transparent
process", explained Mr. Edmunds. "A 3rd party should make things happen faster
and would go a long way to clearing up the red tape."
    The USGE believes that this process is long overdue and that Mr. Elliott
is the right person to do this job.

For further information:

For further information: Dominique Vidmar, Communications Officer, Union
of Solicitor General Employees, Cell: (613) 668-0267,

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