RCMP Vet Calls For Public Inquiry
Just a brief introduction of myself. I retired from the Codiac RCMP in Feb. of 2013 after being ODS on a number of occasions. During my ODS I was unfortunately diagnosed with PTSD. My last 14yrs was as a Team Leader, Cpl., in the patrol section.
I worked with, supervised and provided annual evaluations on two of the fallen. When this tragedy took place I felt helpless, in fact, have gone through different emotional stages. Now I am with the feeling I can help. I can do something. I am speaking up!
I have already provided an interview with the CBC on “facts” of safety shortcomings. In that interview I concluded that the only fair, transparent and non prejudicial way to have an inquiry would be by a public inquiry.
A recent “editorial” was prepared and released by one of our most recognized and read papers in the Maritimes, The Times and Transcript. The editorial supports a public inquiry while our Premier and local MP support an internal. I have a meeting scheduled with the MP, Robert Goguen, July 11th.
The Times and Transcript provides a section of its paper for public feedback. It is titled, “Forum”. Now folks is the time to let the public know what you know about the RCMP, its administration and practices. What you feel about an internal inquiry.
As you are all probably aware, the public support for the fallen, injured and its police force in general has been overwhelming. I would not hesitate to say that hundreds of thousands of dollars through various organizations, benefits and concerts are still pouring in.
The public should and, in my opinion, have a right to know what has been wrong and what went wrong. The public want to do more than make a donation and give their condolences.
I ask that perhaps the ones placing concerns on this web page, contact the Times and Transcript and forward your thoughts to the editor. Many of you are like me, retired and have seen a lot. If and when our public read comments from people that are not just local, that are from various venues perhaps from around the world, you will get their attention.
Finally I must tell you that I have conversed a number times already with the MPPAC and am in support of their efforts, or should I say our efforts as I recently became a member myself.