Tuesday, November 8, 2011

More RCMP Sexual Harassment Allegations

I don't know what to say. I find these new RCMP allegations from a former senior member astounding. Cpl. Catherine Galliford was the face of the B.C. RCMP for years. During her tenure as the RCMP's spokesperson, Galliford announced the arrest of Robert William Pickton and revealed charges had been laid in the Air India bombing.

But in an internal RCMP complaint, Galliford makes serious allegations about misconduct inside the RCMP. Galliford says she faced constant sexual advances from several senior officers from the moment she graduated from the RCMP Academy in 1991.

She outlines years of harassment in a 115-page internal complaint that the RCMP has yet to respond to, including allegations a supervisor on the Missing Women's Task Force lied to colleagues when he said they were intimate and that he even exposed himself to her.

Here's what I'm having trouble processing: She claims she endured years of sexual harassment in the RCMP during the time of the Pickton murder announcement and for years prior to it. We have sex trade workers testify at the Pickton Inquiry that police would blackmail them into having sex with them. We even hear claims that off duty police frequented Piggy's Palace. I don't know what to say. I can see a pattern.

The sexual assault allegations during the Olympics and the claim they tried to smuggle a prostitute on board a police cruse ship in a hockey bag. It's had to process. Galliford says the command and control structure at the RCMP means Mounties are instructed to do as they're told, or risk getting reprimanded. This needs to change.


  1. "We're the police, we can do whatever we want".

    Words to live by obviously. Here's another little motto they'd do well to adopt, since there seems to be a culture of corruption thing going on.


    Oh wait, they don't really have to worry about that. They are protected. No real public accountability. Whatever they do get caught at, they will either suffer no consequences at all, or get a slap on the wrist compared to a citizen under the same circumstances. I guess they really can do whatever they want.

    Nothing to see here. Carry on carrying on....

  2. One has to agree with trailrunner, and it's hard to see what more could go wrong with the deeply troubled Mounties in BC. Just as charges against four more of their senior investigators in the Surrey Six case go ahead. It's really tragic & disgusting, in this most important case in BC, that even this the RCMP has utterly screwed up. Surely most voters would go for a return to a BC Police, although we can't do it as it just costs too much.

  3. as woman aspiring to get into the RCMP in the coming years, these allegations freak me out! Makes me think twice for sure!

  4. Unknown: The question must be asked. Are you hot? :D Because I have a feeling the fact that Ms. Galliford was undeniably an attractive woman probably got her a lot more attention than if she looked like she'd been chasing parked cars, as well as the plum job of spokesperson, whereby she would be hanging out with all these senior officers. I'd have been interested in getting to know her better as well but jeez, have some class about it and know how to take no for an answer gracefully, huh? A guy has to be able to show a woman why she should consider saying yes. These guys were just total pigs, no pun intended.

    It might be interesting to know what the average length of employment for a female member is. FOIA request maybe? Not in your name of course.

    If you follow through, are accepted, and complete training, I recommend you invest in a pocket sized digital voice recorder with plenty of memory capacity, switch it on every day before going to work and download the file every night when you come home. He said she said is a whole different ballgame when you have proof.

    While a man has a right to ask, a woman has a right to say no and that be the end of it.

    You may wish to bear in mind the toll police work takes on many who choose it. Alcoholism, divorce, stress related medical problems, and shorter lifespan all are relevant, though not mentioned in the recruiting brochure. It may be something for you to do for a few years and then move on, as many do.

    Whatever you decide, I wish you luck.

  5. http://m.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/british-columbia/a-female-rcmp-officers-damning-indictment-of-her-employer/article2231489/?service=mobile

    "Corporal Catherine Galliford, a 20-year veteran of the Mounties, offers this advice about her employer these days: “What I say to people now is that if you have a woman in your life who you care about, do not allow her to join the RCMP.”

  6. Galliford said she wouldn't recommend any woman opt for a career in the RCMP.

    "Don't even think about it. No. Run like your hair is on fire. There are other police departments out there. You can join Calgary. You can join Edmonton. You can join Toronto. You can join Port Moody. But do not join the RCMP."

  7. I thought I'd post this here, since it relates to women's rights in Canada, albeit only in a certain sector of society. We have an 'honor killing' trial for multiple homicide ongoing at the moment, but that is far from the limits of the problem.

    Quotes are from the comments section. Anything else is mine. Some interesting stuff you'll not see in the MSM.


    "Next month on December 6th it will be 22 year since the mass-slaughter of 14 female students for Allah by Gamil Gharabi who went on his jihad in Canada for allowing women to go to school."

    Who?? Oh, that's right, Canada knows him as Marc Lepine.....

    "Canadians only know about the honor killing and gay-bashing by muslims that the Police and media will report, but now Tarek Fatah is telling people about the secret killings of muslim females that the police have been forced to label a suicide when the evidence shows a male family member was right there and could not prove they did know about it."

  8. OTTAWA — The next RCMP commissioner will be immediately tasked with the job of dealing with sexual harassment claims which, according to opposition MPs, reflect a "systemic" problem within the national police force, the Harper government said Monday."

    "We in the government are very concerned about these reports," Defence Minister Peter MacKay said during question period."

    "In fact, we expect that the new RCMP commissioner will be seized with this issue immediately."

    "MacKay said the government has a "zero tolerance" harassment policy with respect to all employees."

    http://tinyurl.com/dyvf6jb (Van. Sun)

    RCMP is getting it from all sides, eh...?

  9. Yeah but unfortunately we can’t believe a word that comes out of McKay’s mouth. The Harper Government fired Paul Kennedy the head of the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP who investigated the RCMP actions in the taser death of Polish immigrant Robert Dziekanski at the airport.

  10. Well it's not right and I can't see behaving that way myself but obviously the RCMP and our fighting military forces don't want females involved period. No pun intended, lol.


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