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Paris: the shortest distance between two points is not always a straight line!

First, allow me to introduce myself, I am Dr. Mike Webster, R. Psych.  I am the moderator of the guest blog   I wish to enter into an explanation of our “attachments “, in relation to the recent tragedy that has occurred in Paris.  I will tell you, at the outset of this humble offering,  that I was sorely disappointed with the display put on by politicians in Paris on 121\11 and 12, and as leaders of the people, should have known better.  It seemed to me to turn into a photo opportunity, rather than a genuine display of sorrow for all involved on both sides of the issue.   I will begin with some introductory comments about “anger “.  Let me say at the outset, of this little piece, that I am not attempting to change your mind, dear reader; but…….. if  you hold the popular opinion, plastered all over the evening news, and capitalized on by ( mostly retired ) so called “ security professionals “, I wish  only to present another perspective. Read more…

RCMP Leadership

Commissioner Paulson speaks to High School Class about how the Force is full of results and respectful workplace…if only he practices what he preaches to children!



It is now time that I speak out. I have tried (Since 2002)to have my many grievances dealt with internally within the RCMP. At midnight tonight I will be officially retired and free.

Before I begin this long series of posts, I want all of you to know that I have always believed in the Honour and integrity of the RCMP. I can not say the same about the many white shirts that are supposed to lead us. Read more…

Critical Psychology: A Therapy for the Victims of Government Abuse

Society (and the therapeutic community) is beginning to recognize, at “break-neck” speed, that we live in social systems that have the potential to control resources, employment, and wealth.  And that these systems (e.g. the RCMP) can become the perpetrators of large scale abuse that can result in the rise and persistence of the rule of the privileged.  Read more…

A Story to Illustrate: “Nothing Is As It Seems”

I gotta’ story for ya!  Please don’t hold me responsible for names, dates, or places.  I’m well aware of the frailties of human memory, and at this phase of my life, faces, wrestling territories, and times all seem to run together.  Just pretend you and I are in your vehicle; the wrestling matches are done, we’ve got our beer and we’re headed to the next town.  (Those were the days when our sensitivity to drinking and driving was not so high). You’re so happy to have the company, or someone to drive for you, you’d listen to anything I told you, no questions asked. Read more…

The Definitive Guide To Employment Misery Within The RCMP*

It seems that with extra time on my hands over the Christmas break, I would rather turn to writing than other endeavours.  I am writing this little offering to all those members of the RCMP who have been caught in its’ dysfunction, have been mistreated, complain vociferously, perhaps have even responded to their situation by becoming ill, yet feel powerless to do anything about it.  Read more…

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

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?)


Fantino “Failed Upwards” – Remind you of anyone in the RCMP Senior Ranks???

There is an article in today’s Hill Times about Fantino and how his career “failed upwards” as he wreaked havoc on evey police force he was in charge of. The story quotes “Fantino is a bully and bullies are cowards. They fear seeing others eye to eye. They prefer to condescend, intimidate and squash the defenseless who dare question”. Does that remind you of anyone in the RCMP senior management???


RCMP’s “Webster Initiative” (smear campaign) goes wrong

A Humane Approach

Headline:”We hope the release of the summary will be the beginning, not the end, of investigations into US torture to ensure it never happens again.”

Lt.Col. Dave Grossman States:
The treatment of POWs had been addressed by an instructor at Ranger school, and he clearly communicated his personal belief that in a raid or an ambush, a patrol could not be expected to take POWs. I had noted that most of the outstanding young soldiers coming to us from the Ranger Battalion shared …this Ranger school belief. To confront this belief I said basically, “If the enemy finds just one massacre, like our soldiers did at Malmdy in the Battle of the Bulge, then thousands of enemy soldiers will swear never to surrender, and they’ll be very tough to fight. Just like our troops were in the Battle of the Bulge when word got around that the Germans were shooting POWs. In addition, that’s all the excuse the enemy needs to kill our captured soldiers. So by murdering a few prisoners, who were just poor, tired soldiers like you, you’ll make the enemy force a damn sight tougher, and cause the deaths murders of a whole bunch of our boys. “On the other hand, if you disarm, tie up, and leave a POW out in a clearing somewhere because you can’t take him with you, then the word will spread that Americans treat POWs honorably, even when the chips are down, and a whole bunch of scared, tired soldiers will surrender rather than die. In World War II an entire Soviet army corps defected to the Germans. The Germans were treating Soviet POWs like dogs, and yet a whole corps came over to their side. How would they behave if they faced a humane enemy?

Calvin Lawrence


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