RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson says it takes too long to dismiss officers who "don't deserve to be in the RCMP." (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)"I am trying to run a modern police force with a discipline system that was current 25 years ago," he wrote in an open letter to Canadians.
Paulson said it can take years to resolve a case because of an "administratively burdensome and bureaucratic decision-making process."
The letter comes after revelations that RCMP Sgt. Don Ray of Edmonton was demoted after he admitted to having sex with subordinates, drinking with them at work and sexually harassing them over a three-year period. Ray will be transferred to B.C., although some wondered why he wasn't fired.
Reforming the RCMP disciplinary process would involve changing federal law establishing the force.
"I commit to work relentlessly with the government to review the RCMP Act and modernize our discipline process," Paulson wrote.
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