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RCMP’s Craig MacMillan – Pot or Kettle?

Apr 26

I read this website all the time. I recall in December a S/Sgt. Gravelle reported that MacMillan and Paulson covered up for a bunch of whiteshirts. Take a look at this article. Is MacMillan the pot or is he the kettle?


RCMP introduce new code of conduct
Daniel Leblanc
OTTAWA — The Globe and Mail
Published Saturday, Apr. 26 2014, 6:00 AM EDT
Last updated Saturday, Apr. 26 2014, 6:00 AM EDT

The RCMP are introducing a new disciplinary regime that will force the Mounties to police themselves in a bid to win back the frayed trust of the Canadian public.

The goal for the national police force is to try to turn the page on years of negative stories involving “bad apples” and to showcase a commitment to a culture in which Mounties improve their own conduct – and report any wrongdoing by their colleagues.

The final version of the proposed code of conduct and other rules has just been posted on the Internet and is now subject to a final 30-day consultation period before being implemented. There are logistical changes in the overhaul, aimed at speeding up the way the RCMP reprimand, suspend, demote and discharge officers. But the changes also entail a new vocabulary that places the onus on the Mounties to improve their own behaviour.

“We won’t be using the word discipline – it will all be about conduct,” RCMP professional integrity officer Craig MacMillan told The Globe and Mail.

“We have a whole range of measures, as we call them. So don’t call them sanctions or punishment or penalties. We have conduct measures,” Chief Superintendent MacMillan added.

The new system is designed to replace a 25-year-old law that prevented the RCMP from quickly sanctioning officers, with any measure beyond a one-day suspension taking months, if not years, to be imposed. The old system capped the maximum suspension at 10 days; the new system doesn’t have a maximum sanction, allowing greater discretion to local and regional managers to take their officers to task for any cases of misconduct and wrongdoing.

Whereas the RCMP had to assemble three-member panels to deal with most cases in the past, the new, whittled-down process will allow a one-member panel to handle much of the load. The new panels will have powers to prevent procedures from dragging on, including the ability to prevent officers from calling too many witnesses.

The RCMP have struggled to deal with a series of negative stories in recent years, from the death of Robert Dziekanski at the Vancouver airport to allegations of systemic harassment. Commissioner Bob Paulson vowed in 2011 to foster a new culture of accountability and leadership.

“I tell you, one day, there is going to be the removal of the Stetson if we don’t get this straight,” he told The Globe shortly after taking over from his civilian predecessor. “We’ve got to get onto this. This is urgent.”

The new rules are giving life to the legislation passed last year that amended the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act.

The code of conduct prescribes the proper behaviour for Mounties, including a directive to “report as soon as feasible and take appropriate action if the conduct of another member contravenes this Code.”

Chief Supt. MacMillan said that a recent survey inside the force showed that 77 per cent of members are prepared to report misconduct of other employees, a number that he hopes will increase under the new system.

“That’s a positive thing and what we are doing … is going to help to build on that and have even higher confidence levels in employees as they see that their organization is responding to these things in an even more timely way,” Chief Supt. MacMillan said.

  1. Anonymous permalink

    Sounds all fine and dandy. But what will Paulson do when the members start complaining about the unlawful actions or directions his white shirts have given. Will they fall under the same rules? Probably not. I am glad I retired when I did. As much as I hate to say this, the only way things will change is to bring in a management team from outside the Force and not some dickhead lawyer like Elliott either.

  2. Buck permalink

    If anyone buys this load of fabricated spin being spewed by C/Supt. Craig McMillan as the magic panacea that will cure all the Forces ills, I would like to sell you the Brooklyn bridge. The SEC on orders from government is only gearing towards dismissing whistleblowers and member’s who have been victimized by “Bad Apples” and incompetent, malicious managers while disregarding democratic due process and disregarding the Spirit & Intent of the Charter of Rights.

    The biggest loss of all, aside from the intentional destruction of an Icon that was instrumental in the creation of Canada as a nation is the failure to measure up to being Canada’s National Police Force to it’s citizens, degrading its spirit of Duty & Honour (not to mention the Core Values, again) with the ongoing disgraceful waste of Taxpayers money trying to distract the public that lack of leadership is the problem, not the Constable’s in the trenches just trying to do their job.

  3. Anonymous permalink

    I find it quite interesting that management seems to be excited that “77 percent of members are prepared to report misconduct of ‘other’ employees”…”a number that he hopes will increase under the new system.” I can just see management rubbing their greasy palms together with that smug look on their faces when they came up with this one! What is wrong with this thinking??? So, what you’re saying is that the problems are really with the members??? Is that what is causing the inevitable removal of the stetson? Personally, I would hope that some day 100 percent of employees will be prepared (feel safe) to report neglect, abuse and harassment against managers and that management will finally start to take these misconducts 100 percent seriously. That is when I will get excited about this so-called “new system”. Those are my stats and that’s when I see things changing for the better and the stetson reinstated.

    Furthermore, when I saw that document on one of these posts about members on ODS and the study or plan on how to make the issue better…the first thing on the list was the reiteration of how important it is to ensure that ods is documented in HRMIS (which is the RCMP system for tracking/keeping score of members time off or away from work). Really??? That is how to better deal with ODS members? That is an administrative thing first of all and I believe supervisors are already doing this. What management really meant was they want to ensure they are closely “watching” those who take a day off sick, so make sure you mark every single day in the book. Yeah Paulson, that really fixes the ODS issue for members, right??? You’re really being proactive here. Way to go. Thanks for the support that you already publicly said we deserved and would be getting. Do you think we’re that stupid? We know what you’re doing and that’s why I continue to post here…so the public and media knows too…because they are watching this site. I will be here critiquing every single document or word spoken by you so EVERYONE knows exactly what is going on like us members do. Like “we’re going to take care of you”…hahaha. I bet you are Mr Paulson!!! When you said that I pictured a fox sneaking up on the henhouse with saliva dripping from his jowls. Get real. Be real. Be authentic. Be honest. Everyone sees through your facade. Public included. And please hurry, before the stetson is removed!

  4. Stewart Robertson, Chair, Lower Mainland Members Support Group permalink

    Responding in a more timely way??

    RCMP Act last changes, 25 years ago. (1989)

    Cabinet Order denying RCMP member’s right to associate and collectively bargain, 94 years ago. (1920).

    Really? No doubt in what really needs modernization for CANADA.

  5. Buck permalink

    Giuliano Zaccardelli ! ! !

    Craig is part of this Culture of Mislead and deny, the saga continues. Bill C-42 and it’s trumpeting as the long awaited Messiah’s arrival to save the Force is more spin and hogwash.

    Craig should review James Travers article of May 22, 2008 in the Toronto Star titled, “Zaccardelli Rides into African Sunset.”

    Buck. RACK’EM!

    • Anonymous permalink

      Love reading your posts. It is so refreshing to read words spoken with authenticity and a ring of truth to them. It is people like you, experienced fellows, who know the history of this outfit and can relate to the world what the RCMP is really all about. Because of you the force is becoming truly transparent. Isn’t this what Mr. Paulson wanted? Well, he’s getting it. I love social media. Way to go guys.

  6. Buck permalink

    I wonder if King Edward VII would reconsider conferring the title “Royal” on the NWMP if he could have seen to what a level it has deteriorated to?

  7. Jayess permalink

    …”a commitment to a culture in which Mounties improve their own conduct – and report any wrongdoing by their colleagues” because surely this will be the very first step in solving the problems plagueing the “force” . Is this latest effort so that members feel even more isolated, insecure, and suspicious of their coworkers as well as the management? Better watch your back! This must be the new course being offered for members – Team Building 101.

  8. Anonymous One permalink

    Exactly Jayess! I agree. I believe this is a form of intimidation given in the form of subliminal messages by our managers. Just like the ‘cuckoo’ comment Paulson made when referring to members with mental illness. What he really meant by that is “I believe members with mental illness are crazy and the RCMP is no place for you. It is your fault you developed PTSD so go away and die elsewhere. We look down upon you. You are worthless to us”. This is how he is leading those members who are ‘healthy’ and have not yet developed a mental illness. He is also telling them that IF they too become ill, this is how he will feel about them as well. In other words, do NOT become ill or you are next on the chopping block. I truly hope the membership sees this behavior for what it is! Can you say “Dark-hearted behavior”? Why Paulson wasn’t fired on the spot for this is something many people don’t understand.


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