RCMP worker disciplined for sending out fax
SYDNEY — Following an RCMP code of conduct investigation, an employee at the Baddeck detachment has been disciplined for sending out an unauthorized media advisory fax.
RCMP spokesperson Sgt. Brigdit Leger said Wednesday because of privacy law concerns she can’t identify the employee, reveal whether it was a Mountie or civilian employee or provide details of the discipline meted out, other than to say it was informal discipline as set out in the federal RCMP Act.
Leger has said the contents of the fax were not RCMP information nor was it authorized or verified.
The fax last month, which purports to show the cost of a decision by Wagmatcook band council to replace the Mounties with the Cape Breton Regional Police, has been called “totally false” by Brian Arbuthnot, the director of operations for the band.
Leger couldn’t explain with any certainty why the employee sent out the fax.
“I don’t know if it’s an indication of how passionate this is to the members, our employees stationed in that area. Again, it’s not for me to say because I honestly don’t know. This was an individual who acted.”
Code of conduct investigations probe whether there has been any breach of the RCMP Act. Leger said the investigation was conducted by an RCMP officer.
The RCMP Act says informal disciplinary action can range from counselling, a recommendation for special training, professional counselling or transfer, a direction to work under close supervision, forfeiture of regular time off for any period not exceeding one work day or a reprimand.
I don’t know if it’s an indication of how passionate this is to the members, our employees stationed in
that area. Sgt. Brigdit Leger, RCMP spokesperson
Arbuthnot has said Wagmatcook band council wants an apology for the fax incident.
Leger said an RCMP officer has already expressed regrets to band and council for the inci- dent, even though it was not an RCMP document.
But Arbuthnot said Wednesday he understands an RCMP officer spoke to a single band councillor, which doesn’t constitute a direct formal apology to the whole band council.
Earlier this month, the Wagmatcook band council agreed to replace the RCMP with the Cape Breton Regional Police starting April 1.