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2014: An Out of His Depth Commissioner (RCMP?)

Dec 19

Here is the thumbnail sketch of events of the past year in a Police Force whose name has been changed to protect the guilty.

Once upon a time… while claiming to be a “Modern” National Police Force a Canadian Police contractor decided to provide Health Services for PTSD sufferers in their membership.  They saw that other police forces were doing something and so they worked over a few weekends just to make themselves into a World Class example of managerial excellence in the Administration of Police Mental Health care.

When they went public with their Mental Health Service structure they found that other National Police forces were light years ahead in both structure and services.  The Canadian Force said nothing; but internally their executive was embarrassed,…chagrined…and even a little mortified that; they were not an example to any other police agency on earth… and so as usual they decided to investigate themselves over this glaring performance deficit.

A management team made up of Senior managers was formed to inquire and recommend appropriate action.  

Their conclusion was that the other National Police forces typically had a team of 8 psychologists debriefing their members and one person directing the program in each Division. Where as the Canadian Force had 8 persons directing  their program and one psychologist debriefing their members in each Division.

So the Canadian Force hired a “consulting fairy” and paid her a large amount of money for a second opinion.

The “consulting fairy” waived her wand and “Poof”…then she said; “too many persons were managing the program while not enough people were actually delivering the services”….Who would have thought!!!???

So…to prevent another loss of face the Canadian Police Force totally reorganized their Mental health services into four Health Service Managers, 3 Regional Health Service Superintendents and one assistant with a magic wand for each of those Superintendents.  They also implemented a new performance system they felt would give the one Psychologist per Division greater incentive…to work even harder.

This new program was called the “New Mental Health Strategy”!  It was bolstered by Public News releases, Divisional, Sub-divisional, Unit and Detachment meetings, membership dinners and even free pens!…all to get mental health sufferers to ”just come forward”.

There was even discussion of getting new training manuals, better training equipment, extra vacation days and even “bonuses for those who motivated volunteers to volunteer” into the strategy.

The following year a confidential Treasury board audit by the Treasury board elves showed the Canadian Force’s Executive approach was now even further behind than those programs of other National Police Forces.

Humiliated the Canadian Force laid off Division psychologists and even the wand carriers… Claiming poor performance they next halted new program development and turned over the training equipment to the Crown assets disposal gnomes. They even cancelled the magical budgetary allotments for the program.  The magic money saved was re-distributed to the Senior Executive as bonuses, and also for funding of quarterly C.O’s wine and cheese functions for the News media, and for anyone else who cared.  Psychological services were outsourced to volunteer programs run by the membership, and all was done under the continuing title “The new Mental Health Strategy”.

A subsequent audit by the Treasury board elves showed there was absolutely no other National Police force on earth with a Mental Health Services program like the Canadian National Police Force’s “New Mental Health Strategy”.     

 How romantic…So many, doing so very little and with not so very much…sigh.

 (Sort of sounds like a fairy tale…doesn’t it?)


  1. Anonymous permalink

    You should see what some of these consulting fairies make, its pretty pricey. What a shipwreck the RCMP is.

  2. Anonymous permalink

    …THE END. That’s all folks!

  3. Anonymous permalink

    When you become a “leader” based on connections rather than ability, the outcome should hardly be surprising. The RCMP could care less about the mental health of it’s members. The organizations does nothing but exacerbate stress for members working in an already stressful job. Most members would likely tell you the internal BS of the Force cause them much more stress than the actual work.

    • The Old NCO permalink

      Your 100% correct. Police Work itself is not the big stress factor within the RCMP. It is the internal stuff and dealing with the upper level management people that get into these positions for all the wrong reasons. The vast majority of Commissioned Officers in the RCMP are incompetent and not capable of functioning as front line Police Officers. The RCMP is famous for hiding these rejects in places like Ottawa and various Division HQ locations as they cannot function within operational realities. They do however thrive on a sense of entitlement and false importance and are given powers that interfere with the real Police Officers lives and cause them stress. Unfortunately the Canadian Public is not fully aware of this waste of money and resources. Commissioned RCMP Officers are much like Senators in that they do very little and are a drain on the public purse.

  4. Bob permalink

    When organizational decision making is at best unimaginative, unproductive, trapped in mechanistic ways of thinking and archaic century thought processes, it is difficult to expect anything short of a “shambles”. Unwittingly the RCMP has demonstrated how not to “roll out” a mental health program.

    On the sliding scale of they “don’t know” to the other end of “just don’t care” the truth lies somewhere closer to the latter.

  5. djmotorcop permalink

    Mmmmm the fastest way to promotion is to get on one of these new initiative study groups. The force is becoming a joke, other agencies that used to partner with us because of our funding and expertise now just want our funding and laugh at our expertise. The most apologetic, hand wringing bunch of leaders in the history of the force, each one skilled and adept at obscuring the truth and refusing to face reality. retirement came for me and saved my soul.

  6. RcMP ENTITLEMENT permalink

    It seems to me by my experiences with the RCMP they tune their performances based on their upper level needs ignoring what they have been called to do, to Serve & Protect, (OTHERS) they choose to Serve & Protect (THEMSELVES)


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