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Legislation to make the RCMP disciplinary process more accountable to the public may be making it easier for the police force to hide bad behaviour.
When the Enhancing Royal Canadian Mounted Police Accountability Act came into force in 2014, it set up a new framework for investigating members accused of wrongdoing. It also granted the RCMP commissioner more authority to deal with troublemakers.
The act required the commissioner to "make rules establishing the conduct measures, other than dismissal or recommendation for dismissal, that may be taken in respect of contraventions of the code of conduct."
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The result is two disciplinary streams.
Misconduct so serious it could lead to someone being fired is dealt with by conduct boards. Everything else is handled internally in what is called a conduct meeting with almost no possibility for public scrutiny.
My own take on this:
The typical results of government "solutions" to most problems involve less public access to the mechanisms of the processes....
They involve the shielding of government institutions from any influence by citizens...while abdicating from any responsibility....
These "laws" usually end up allowing the government more free reign...while shutting the citizenry out of the processes...edit on 14-3-2016 by bandersnatch because: (no reason given)edit on 14-3-2016 by bandersnatch because: (no reason given)
originally posted by: bandersnatch
It may be an interesting fishing trip....but im already pretty sure theres some kind of "me" file out there.....probably dating back to 1965 or so...........
The point is... though I can access that,.....I will not be able to access information dealing with any complaint I place against an RCMP member....