Every corporation and government agency/department has an official history and a official complaint process. Both are very valuable for understanding the context of the role they play and how to hold them to account when they may have broken the law.
The only way positive change will occur in our society as a whole is if people who have a legitimate complaint make a formal complaint – otherwise it appears as if nothing wrong happened and the wrongdoers are encouraged to keep on doing it…to you and others.
Being a responsible member of society we have a duty to “keep the peace” which means do no harm or threat of harm to people or property AND that duty also includes the responsibility to report wrongdoers and then act as a witness to the wrongful acts to correct the wrongdoers and hopefully prevent further wrongful acts.
A recent tidbit about the RCMP sent me Googling. This post really can be a model for what to do with ANY corporation and government agency/department to understand their structure and how to complain if need be… after all no one is perfect and to not complain is to encourage further problems. So get in there and make your complaint, here’s how.
NOTE: RCMP who are contracted to do provincial/municipal policing are also subject to the provincial police Act.
Every corporation, agency, government department has this info readily available on the internet.
If someone breaks the law, violates a Code of Conduct, Code of Ethics or lawful Mandate – you can and should make a complaint. Here are the links to the steps to make your complaint…
RCMP External Review Committee – The mandate of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police External Review Committee (ERC) is one of civilian oversight of labour relations within Canada’s national police, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The ERC reviews certain types of grievances as well as appeals regarding formal disciplinary measures, and discharge and demotion cases.
Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP – Bill C-42, which received Royal Assent on June 19, 2013, creates a new Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP (CRCC) to replace the existing Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP (CPC). Complaints We Can Investigate The Complaints Process
How Do New Laws/Regulations Come Into Force? – Canada Gazette
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Regulations, 2014. Statutory authority, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act, Sponsoring department, Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p1/2014/2014-04-26/html/reg1-eng.php
CODE OF CONDUCT OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE
STATEMENT OF OBJECTIVES
Maintaining the confidence of Canadians in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is essential.
Members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are responsible for the promotion and maintenance of good conduct in the Force.
This Code of Conduct provides a framework, consistent with section 37 of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Act, that reinforces the high standard of conduct expected of members of the Force.
1.1 This Code applies to every member of the Force and establishes the responsibilities and standard of conduct by which members are expected to abide, on and off duty, in and outside Canada.
2. RESPECT AND COURTESY
2.1 Members treat every person with respect and courtesy and do not engage in discrimination or harassment.
3. RESPECT FOR THE LAW AND THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
3.1 Members respect the law and the rights of all individuals.
3.2 Members act with integrity, fairness and impartiality, and do not compromise or abuse their authority, power or position.
3.3 Members give and carry out lawful orders and direction.
4. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
4.1 Members report for and remain on duty unless otherwise authorized.
4.2 Members are diligent in the exercise of their duties and responsibilities, including taking appropriate action to aid any person who is exposed to potential, imminent or actual danger.
4.3 Members on duty are fit to carry out their duties and responsibilities and are not impaired by drugs, alcohol or other substances.
4.4 Members properly account for, and do not alter, conceal or destroy, without lawful excuse, any property, money or documents coming into their possession in the exercise of their duties.
4.5 Members are properly dressed and equipped and maintain their personal appearance, in accordance with applicable Force policies.
4.6 Members use government-issued equipment and property only for authorized purposes and activities.
5. USE OF FORCE
5.1 Members use only as much force as is reasonably necessary in the circumstances.
6. CONFLICT OF INTEREST
6.1 Members avoid actual, apparent or potential conflicts between their professional responsibilities and personal interests.
7. DISCREDITABLE CONDUCT
7.1 Members behave in a manner that is not likely to discredit the Force.
8.1 Members provide complete, accurate and timely accounts pertaining to the exercise of their responsibilities, the performance of their duties, the conduct of investigations, the actions of other employees and the operation and administration of the Force.
8.2 Members who are under investigation, arrested, charged, or convicted for a breach of any Canadian or foreign law report this fact to a supervisor as soon as feasible.
8.3 Members, unless exempted, report as soon as feasible and take appropriate action if the conduct of another member contravenes this Code.
9. CONFIDENTIALITY AND PUBLIC STATEMENT
9.1 Members access, use and disclose information obtained in their capacity as members only in the proper course of their duties and abide by all oaths by which they are bound as members.
9.2 Members abide by their duty of loyalty and refrain from making public statements criticizing the Government of Canada or the operations or administration of the Force, except where authorized by law.
10. POLITICAL ACTIVITY
10.1 Members engaging in political activities abide by any applicable rules and Force policies.
Please do your duty if you feel an RCMP officer has acted in an inappropriate way or broken the law. REPORT IT.