RCMP worker dis­ci­plined for send­ing out fax

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY CHRIS HAYES

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.

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