RCMPWatch.com – What a great idea

In one of my meanderings around the web I came across the site RCMPWatch.com.

The site lists news stories and various reports on the actions of RCMP members, and on the force as a whole, and the site owner has done a very comprehensive job.

He’s got a very detailed list of categories too, which I found impressive.

Here’s the blurb from their “About” page, for those that are interested.  If you’re interested in keeping tabs on RCMP corruption, RCMPWatch.com is a great resource.

While the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s standing as one of the world’s all-time great police forces remains intact, in recent years its image has been tarnished. Yet the Force continues to have its internal disasters, exposing the organizations weaknesses and outdated management practices.

The RCMP, the federal police force of Canada, is the only major Canadian police force without a truly effective and independent oversight body.

The Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP (CPC) does not have any legislative powers over the RCMP. While the CPC can and does make findings and recommendation to the RCMP, the Commissioner is not obliged to accept the recommendations.

And while the CPC’s Vision Statement is “Excellence in policing through accountability,” the RCMP has refused to cooperate with numerous CPC investigations and has often refuses to comply with it’s recommendations.

The world is moving towards an open and transparent society. However, the Force’s senior management has repeatedly demonstrated that it prefers the RCMP remain a closed organization. Meanwhile, investigations continue to raise serious questions about cover-ups, ethical and management practices and illegal conduct within this federal government agency.

RCMP members hold the extraordinary legal authority to limit civil liberties and so must to be scrutinized to the same or a higher standard used to investigate those they suspect of criminal wrongdoing. When they are found at fault, they too must be held accountable.

On RCMPWatch.com you will find stories that have been collected and archived from public information sources. We provide an open forum for the frank and open discussion of these topics and welcome various viewpoints and contributions. This must be conducted in a civil, respectful manner.

Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees that everyone has the fundamental freedoms of thought, belief, opinion and expression. We are strong believers in our constitutional guarantee to freedom of expression. However, there are no constitutional provisions obliging us to publish your views.

Comments must not contain any obscene, pornographic, offensive or defamatory content or materials of any kind or other content or materials that in the moderators reasonable judgment may be found objectionable by users of this site.

The forum moderators may, and often do, delete posts and/or ban persons without warning or explanation and will continue to do so for these reasons. Posts are generally removed when offensive or abusive. Persons are generally banned for making threats against other persons (including the moderators of this site for moderating their posts).

To promote openness, contact details (e.g. email, IP addresses, etc.) will not be divulged to any third party unless we are required to do so by law (search warrant or other legal instrument).

Please note that RCMPWatch.com is not an affiliated with the RCMP. This is not a forum to post personal complaints or correspondence to the RCMP or any other government officials.

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