Saturday, February 5, 2011

Who Should Run The RCMP?

Today's poll question; who do you think should run the RCMP? The last Commissioner is resigning after ongoing criticism that he was not well liked by the upper brass of our national police force. He was a civilian, not a police officer. Should the next Commish be a civilian, police officer, or an elected official? Should the public vote for top cop, or should the candidate be chosen by the government? To be perfectly honest, as I am writing this I'm not even sure which option I am going to vote for in this poll.

There are pros and cons to all options, but I suppose under which type of leadership does our police force perform most efficiently under? I don't know if there is a clear answer. I trust the Prime Minister to make a smart decision on the next selection.


  1. Is the commissioner the one who decides if citizens protecting themselves, their family, and their property, are prosecuted as fully as possible?

  2. A civilian should ultimately have the last word as far as the RCMP is concerned but Operations should be run by a cop. This should be the same for all police forces. Cops have too much baggage to run this type of organization. When a cop becomes a politician in order to become a Chief or Commissioner then they have ceased to be a cop anyways (Bill Blair comes to mind) but still carry around a mountain of bias.

  3. The head of the RCMP should be someone from the RCMP, an older person who knows the ropes

  4. Where possible, promote from within. But Canadian institutions, including the RCMP circa 2005, were rife with (mostly unconscious) partisanship and a whiff of corruption.

    It is not time for another police officer until upper management is rich with people who:
    A. Are capable of working with someone outside their bubble
    B. Consider it incomprehensible that a man should be charged for judiciously defending his home.

  5. The RCMP should use the process to select leaders the way it was done pre Trudeau era. They should also scrap the imposed requirement to be "Bilingual" . Promotion should be based on knowledge, proficiency, and competence in policing, not ones knowledge of French, that is a recipe for nepotism, cronyism, and corruption.

  6. I would like to know why Vern White left the RCMP in the first place. It doesn't make sense that he wanted to be more hands on..could have done that in a different job in the RCMP. Is there another reason I wonder?