If you regularly consumed alcohol at work, made a habit of having sex with female colleagues in the company boardroom and wagged your penis at a fellow employee, how long do you think you’d keep your job?
Yes, you’re right — about as long as it took to read the first paragraph of this editorial.
But if you’re a high-ranking officer with the RCMP, you’d still be collecting a paycheque, even though a subsequent investigation revealed a pattern of that kind of behaviour over an extended period of time.
Donald Ray was a staff sergeant in charge of the polygraph unit in Edmonton until an anonymous tip triggered an internal investigation that revealed a “disturbing pattern of activity” that included all of the above and more.
An RCMP adjudication board ruled that Ray, who admitted to seven allegations of disreputable conduct that occurred in Edmonton, Red Deer and St. Albert, should be suspended without pay for 10 days, be demoted one rank and be given a formal reprimand.
But he got to keep his job — and a transfer to sunny B.C.
Which begs the question: Just what does a Mountie have to do to get fired these days?
Benjamin “Monty” Robinson, the RCMP officer who was convicted of obstructing justice in connection with a fatal car accident in 2008, still hasn’t been fired. He left the scene of a deadly crash and drank a few shots of vodka to, as he testified, help dull the pain of what just happened.
The judge didn’t buy his story and figured he was deliberately trying to escape an impaired driving charge. Testimony during his trial suggested that Robinson had all but urged friends to use that strategy if they were ever unfortunate enough to get into an alcohol-related crash.
Robinson, who is one of four cops facing perjury charges in connection with their testimony during a hearing into the Taser-related death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski at Vancouver Airport, remains suspended — with pay.
RCMP brass say they take cases like Ray’s “very seriously,” but how they treat those who have been found to disgrace the uniform appears to call that statement into question. And there’s no doubt it will fail to assuage the concerns of female Mounties who are suing the “old boy’s club,” alleging discrimination and sexual harassment.
If there ever was one, Ray surely is a poster boy for police misconduct and outrageous behaviour. The fact that he still has a job suggests that despite repeated promises to the contrary, the more things change at the RCMP, the more they stay the same.
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