Problems in the RCMP hierarchy

It appears that problems in the RCMP start right at the top.

The Commons public accounts committee is holding an emergency in-camera session today after testimony yesterday on Parliament Hill about corruption, cronyism and cover-ups at the force’s highest levels concerning the RCMP pension plan.

Five RCMP officers and a whistle-blower who lost her job accused the force’s senior management, led by former commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli, of corruption, and of derailing an investigation into the misappropriation of funds from the Mounties’ pension plan. One MP, Liberal Borys Wrzesnewskyj, said in an interview that the Liberals will be calling for a public inquiry into the allegations.

Last night, officials said the Mounties’ acting commissioner, Beverley Busson, announced deputy commissioner Barbara George had stepped down as head of RCMP human resources, as well as the senior executive committee. At the same time, an RCMP deputy commissioner has resigned her post as head of the forces’ human resources department.

Not that this is a really big aurprise. This story has been on the backburner for a while.

They alleged the investigation was dogged by foot-dragging and obstruction at the most senior levels — including Mr. Zaccardelli. They argue the case is a textbook example of why the RCMP’s top brass shouldn’t investigate themselves and need an outside body to handle investigations into complaints of wrongdoing against senior management.

Well, ‘duh’. It has always seemed pretty obvious (at least to my cynical little brain) that police forces shouldn’t be investigating themselves or their members for any suspected wrongdoing. But that’s just me.


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