Paulson to Mounties: “Keep up the good work”

- February 18th, 2013
RCMP Commissioner Robert Paulson

RCMP Commissioner Robert Paulson has sent a morale-boosting message to his Mounties. (JOCELYN MALETTE / AGENCE QMI)

RCMP Commisioner Bob Paulson sent the following by e-mail late last week to the approximately 29,000 uniformed and civilian members of the force he commands:

Keep up the good work – A message from Commissioner Bob Paulson

I wanted to speak to you today about the report on harassment from the Commission for Public Complaints (CPC) against the RCMP and our Action Plan for the Force. Both were released yesterday. However, the report from the Human Rights Watch was also released this week. I want to address this report as it has raised a lot of concerns, particularly among our members in remote policing assignments.

First, I will say this much about the harassment issue, the CPC report is a good one.  It says what I think we all knew, we do not have a systemic problem of sexual harassment, we do have issues with establishing and maintaining a respectful work place.  No matter how some media spin it – that’s the bottom line and so we must acknowledge our problems and fix them.  With the Government’s help, that’s exactly what we’ll do.

I am confident in the Action Plan that we released. It will guide us for years to come. With your help in implementing it, our plan will bring an end to this phase of our history.

The Human Rights Watch report raises some very troubling criminal allegations against us. As it is constructed, it is not fair to the alleged victims, their communities or the RCMP. We have tried to persuade this group to provide the names and specific details of these allegations in order that they can be investigated in accordance with our external investigation policy. If not to us then to any other investigative body. To date they have refused.

My message to you today is – don’t worry about it, I’ve got your back. Keep doing the great work you are doing. I am proud of you and I am particularly proud of how we serve the remote regions of this country, including the 600 aboriginal communities over which we have policing responsibility.

There are many challenges to being Canada’s national police, we are addressing them all.  Please do not let this Human Rights Watch or media reports impede our work, defeat our spirit or interfere with how we continue to deliver top drawer police services to all Canadians in accordance with our core values of honesty, integrity, compassion, respect, accountability and professionalism.

In the meantime, let’s get on with fixing what is holding us back and focus on our core business: policing.

Bob Paulson
Commissioner

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