Sunday, June 21, 2009

Is it Time to Breakup the RCMP? by Louis Evan Palmer

Has the time arrived when part of the solution to the problems at the RCMP is to breakup the monolith into more manageable pieces? Is the RCMP in its present form merely going to continue its siege mentality and its bouts of incompetence and dishonesty? Is the RCMP viewed by a sizeable segment of the population as a threat as much as a protection?

We have to first disabuse ourselves of the ludicrous idea that failure should be rewarded with increased powers and funding. Where we allow ourselves to be browbeaten into accepting the argument that a given failure is the result of insufficient power and authority. In the case of the RCMP and all such similar cases, sufficient authority and funding and resources were available.

Often, in fact, the best solution to continuing deep-rooted cultural problems is to reduce an organization, to break it up into smaller logical components and allow them to become finely tuned to their individual mission and excel at it.

If that approach were taken with the RCMP, the CSIS piece has already been done for many of the reasons mentioned above. CSIS still has problems but most would agree, it is better than before with a good upward outlook. Whereas, the RCMP is worse off with a downward trend.

The RCMP can be split up as follows:
(1) Its original mission as frontier police; it would police the NorthWest Territories, Nunavut & the Yukon.
(2) Canadian Border Police - land, water & air.
(3) Political & Diplomatic Protection
(4) National Police Intelligence Services
(5) Provincial Police in serviced Provinces (e.g. BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba)

The new smaller organizations can better focus on their missions, develop and maintain expertise, and work towards excellence and service. The current dysfunctional culture can improve and right itself in these new units and missions.

Is it time?


Is it Time to Breakup the RCMP?, Louis Evan Palmer, The Way It Can Be,
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Copyright 2009 Louis Evan Palmer lives in Ontario Canada. His short stories have appeared in numerous publications.


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