Can you believe the hypocrisy of this clown?…members are restricted to which psych they see….ie Dr. Webster who members can’t see, psych sessions cut back to 6 sessions per year from 12 which we had approved when I worked at Occ. Health…..and all this coming from a guy who made fun of and marginalized members suffering from mental health issues. But now he has all of a sudden changed his attitude and supports the very issues he made fun of….it’s like a racist becoming tolerant over night….just because he’s been caught.
Although this is a brief comment on Commissioner Paulson’s recent broadcast the writer asked for it to be posted as a separate article.
HEY ALL YOU MEMBER’S WHO WERE TOLD THAT YOU COULD NO LONGER HAVE DR. WEBSTER AS YOUR CARE PROVIDER, READ THE COMMISSIONER’S LATEST BROADCAST AND BE SURE TO MAKE HIM BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE TO HIS WORDS, “RCMP officers have direct access to a wide range of Canadian medical and psychological practitioners of their choice” . I question why all this smoke screening comes out after a Health crises like Cpl. Francis and S/Sgt Gravelle. Furthermore, the internal Health Services personnel (ie: Disability case managers, back to work coordinators) work for the best interests of RCMP organization and not the RCMP member. Beware when using these services. ATIP your Health Services file for a start.
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An open letter to RCMP members:
My name is S/Sgt Cheryl Gravelle. Yesterday MPPAC issued a media release regarding the circumstances that I encountered when attempting to file a complaint against four senior Commissioned officers under the PSPDA(Whistleblower Act) with A/Commr. Craig Macmillan, the Professional Integrity officer.
Commissioner Paulson has responded to a Toronto Star article stating that the four officers that I had complained about had retired and the Force is just trying to get me back to work. He fails to mention that I have laid a serious complaint against his direct report A/Commr. Craig MacMillan. Further, I have been told that there is one remaining Officer (a named Respondent) who is on the books until March 2014. Commr. Paulson has time to initiate a code, but obviously does not want to do that to protect his officer cadre. He makes reference to a cookies and timdbit remark but, fails to address the much larger issue.
Please note that I attempted to address my allegations internally through the RCMP. I tried to deal with it informally with my supervisor, then my Div Rep and finally with the National Div Reps. Let me assure you, you are on your own if you attempt to complain against Senior Management. The only culture change that seems to be happening, is an entrenchment of a “do as I say, not as I do” mantra for the senior management with no hope of an impartial review. There is a two-tiered discipline system operating within the RCMP; one for the General membership and another for Senior Commissioned Officers. Our current (and new Bill C-42) system fails when the Commissioner, who holds all the power, is now implicated in wrongdoing, in the form of covering up unethical conduct by his friend and direct report, A/Commr. MacMillan.
I urge you to go to the MPPAC site (home page-Latest news) and read the media release and hyper link containg my correspondence with Commr. Paulson, I believe you will see that the Professional Integrity officer, A/Commr. MacMillian sat on the information in order to allow these officers to retire unscathed. You will also see that Commr. Paulson would not entertain my complaint against his direct report A/Commr. Craig Macmillan and deemed the matter closed without providing any reason or rationale despite the fact that I have written evidence.
The PIO twice wrote me that reviews were under way with respect to GRTW and DTA processes and yet no evidence of that can be found through ATIP. The PIO stated that he was forwarding my allegations of misconduct to the Responsible Line Officer for his determination, yet close to a year later when I asked Commr. Paulson why nothing has happened in that regard, he skirts the issue by saying “no matter, we are dealing with it now.” He then assigns an officer to “review” to see if a code is warranted. This in itself is not an accepted practice. I can not think of any regular member having a “review” undertaken to determine if a code of conduct investigation meets some unknown guidelines to determine if an investigation should be commenced.
The review officer, A/Commr. Mirasty acknowledged that I faced “challenges” and attributes that to a lack of understanding in how the processes were managed. So the Officers in charge of those processes (who I had complained about initially) are excused for not knowing those very processes. So, ignorance of their job is a plausible excuse. A/. Commr. Mirasty also based his decision on the fact that reviews of GRTW and DTA processes were being done. He did not elaborate on where he got the information regarding these reviews, but ATIPs show that no reviews exist. Finally A/Commr. Mirasty e-mailed me to advise that he would not initiate a code and that I could call him at my convenience to discuss further. He did not mention that he was retiring the very next day.
So in closing, Commr. Paulson said he reviewed the conduct of A/Commr. MacMillan and despite the fact that the PIO misled me that process reviews were occurring, that he did not forward the misconduct allegations to the Responsible Line Officer and stated that he did not want to make inquiries relative to my situation because those enquiries ” may affect someone’s interests adversely (ie: his friend and former colleague in adjudications who was a named respondent and competing for a job at the time), Commr. Paulson has found that A/Commr. MacMillan acted above and beyond the expectations of the RCMP.
Commr. Paulson seems eager to advise that the four named offices have retired. They did because they were afforded the time to do so comfortably, while the information was sat on for a year. As the saying goes, ‘Justice delayed is justice denied.”
Commr. Paulson is very fast to provide a media release of how he is “embarrassed for the pot smoking Mountie” but he should be embarrassed for the actions/inactions of his Professional Integrity Officer. Perhaps he should be embarrassed for his own hypocritical comments of November 22nd where he stated he wants to empower all employees to come forward……
Again I urge you to read the MPPAC media release and accompanying e-mails.
S/Sgt. Cheryl Gravelle
I felt saddened today watching the sufferings of Cpl. Ron Francis regarding the seizure of his uniform because he used marijuana for medical reasons while in uniform.
As a retired Mountie, (about 4years now – 25 year career), I have; still developing, leaning towards acceptance, of this special accommodation. But that is not the important issue.
I felt saddened because Commanders had all the powers to take necessary steps, ensuring compassion and respect at all times, in seeking a solution that would not cause so much pain to Cpl.Francis.
This brought back memories of personal experiences, while I was a serving member. Experiences where political expediency was a more important consideration than caring about the well-being of members. I also suffer PTSD.
And of course Peter McKay had to wade into this, in VicToews-esque fashion, scoring political points with his base and another not so subtle dig at Justin Trudeau. (Would it have been too much to expect to hear a non-political, more compassionate statement?)
Ron, words can be inadequate, but I do wish you all the best!
Thinking of you, here in Regina.
I’m somewhat of a gadfly (much to the Commissioner’s chagrin). I have an interest, and some experience, in a variety of police-related topics. I recently read a book (Albrecht, 2003) on organizations, that I found very fascinating. The author outlined a cluster of “syndromes” that could be associated with a dysfunctional organization. Would you like an opportunity to express yourself? If so, here’s what I propose. Read more…
Let’s say you’re an RCMP member who has been mistreated by your employer; you may even have a diagnosis of PTSD. You may feel genuinely embittered, have a persistent sense of being let down, are disappointed, believe you have been unfairly treated, feel angry and revengeful but helpless to do anything about it. And you just can’t let it go. Read more…
Leadership is a hot issue within the Force and on this site. And as I spend my days reliving my experiences with examples of poor management and failed leadership within the Force, I also look to examples of what leadership means and what benchmarks and tools define and develop great leadership. Read more…
This is an article that I wrote for the RCMP Gazette following the successful operation at Gustafsen Lake, B.C. in 1995. I was employed there as a consultant to the RCMP Crisis Management Team. I offer it now as food for thought: Read more…
My interest in this topic springs from two areas. The first is the nature of my work as a (police) psychologist; with a specialty in crisis management, I have consulted with the principles involved in conflicts between various police services and Aboriginal groups from Gustafsen Lake, through Apex Alpine, to the Six Nations Stand-offs in Ontario. Read more…