“Most sexual offences go to a power issue than anything else.” Says Honorable RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson.

The  Top Cop Of Canada identifies the core issues that need to be addressed within the Police culture regarding female harassment.  He speaks on how he intends to deal with these vital issues and says:

“One is the process that I’ve announced-centralizing the process in terms of having a more immediate and meaningful oversight in terms of how these things are handled. The second issue is the behaviors. The behaviors of the people who give rise to these complaints in the first place. That is really the heart of the challenge, I think, in terms of making meaningful changes right across the organization. The harassment issue is a bigger, broader issue-and it goes right to the heart of the problem with the organization’s culture, which is how authority is misunderstood to be power in its application. It seems to me we are weak in our leadership area, how people, leaders, come to understand their duties, their responsibilities. Most sexual offences go to a power issue rather than anything else. Similarly the rest of the harassment cases, I think, also feature that sort of misuse of power. Two of my priorities are accountability and leadership. These are very simple but broad areas to be improved within the organization. Leaders have to take action on things when things go wrong-quickly.”

Constable Deanna Hagen receives Commendation for Bravery.

Constable Deanna Hagen receives Commendation for Bravery from Honorable RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson..

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I am a free lance writer who loves to write on social issues in particular. I am a house wife and my husband Dr. Shams Iqbal offers all the support and encouragement so that I can pursue my passion for authorship and other cause which is dear to me. My lifelong mission in life is to offer my support for the police officers who need to be supported and protected by general public like us. My inspiration to do this comes from my personal experiences of some of the greatest police officers whom I have witnessed do great deeds for the good of humanity. I am so inspired and fascinated to support this law enforcement group. On the other hand I like music, movies specially classics, I am a fashion geek, English and American literature are my passions.
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35 Responses to “Most sexual offences go to a power issue than anything else.” Says Honorable RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson.

  1. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    Choice, choice words. A worthy Top Cop. Great post.

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    • Thank you so much Noeleen, no doubt Honorable Commissioner is an eloquent speaker and chooses his words very nicely. A man of great knowledge and wisdom. Thanks for such a nice comment my friend. Take care and God bless.

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  2. Unfortunately, the misuse of power is a common occurrence in many organizations.”Leaders have to take action on things when things go wrong-quickly.” Wise words from a wise man. Thanks for sharing this with us, Samina…it’s an important issue.

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    • Thanks Jill I agree with you 100%, it happens in every organization. Our Honorable Commissioner is taking practical steps to take care of these crucial issues. He talks about these issues openly and presents very practical solutions. No doubt a very wise thinker of our times, in fact a gift of time for us. Thanks for such kind words as usual my friend. Take care and God bless.

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  3. Words, with empathy, wisdom and discernment , thank you Samina for sharing them and giving respect to the Honorable RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson that he so rightly deserves.

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne

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    • Thank you so much Anne and Ron for such beautiful words for our Honorable Commissioner, who is worthy of such appreciation. We here are lucky to have him as the leader of our protectors. Take care and God bless.

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  4. very true words and intelligent suggestions Samina, after all, human beings are but animals, some of us try to behave, others don’t or fail.

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  5. Ed says:

    Excellent writeup and an honorable and great top cop..:-)

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    • Thank you so much Ed for such honorable words of appreciation for a truly honorable, worthy and great top cop of Canada. He is taking practical steps to deal with some issues which need to be addressed and surely has won the hearts of people. Take care and God bless. Be safe on your adventures on the road.

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  7. Another great article pointing out ‘need to address’ issues, Samina. Your raising awareness through your writing is always such a shining example of how you’re trying to make a difference. I appreciate it enormously. Cheers!

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    • Thank you so much Shelley for such kind and beautiful words for my blog and my writing. Your appreciation is greatly honored and respected by me. Cheers to you as well my friend. You take care and God bless.

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  8. Hi Samina,

    You have highlighted the very important issue of Power abuse. This, either blatantly or in insidious ways, occurs universally. The question to be pondered over is, ‘ What is at the core of such power abuse?” Could this be happening because of a grave disparity in how a situation occurs for different people?

    Shakti

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  9. Hi Shakti. Nice to see you. I agree with you that this is a very vital issue and it occurs universally. regarding your first question as to what is at the core of this power abuse, I would say disparity is the major reason for this to happen. Secondly there seems to be no accountability mechanism in place so when there are no checks and balances in place power abuse thrives. Also the leaders of the organizations do not take quick actions when such complaints are forwarded to them. They are in most cases weak leaders and hence offer no protection to the suffering party, and hence discourage further complains. All this gives rise to a culture of power abuse, no one has the courage to change the status quo. So it goes on. Our Honorable Commissioner is taking practical steps to change it along with other steps he is increasing the number of women in the force so that the Police Force is not totally male dominated. Gender equality is one good solution to this along with accountability and strong leadership. Thanks for your valuable input. Take care and God bless.

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  10. reocochran says:

    I am glad to read a very level headed man is awarded the top cop award. He sounds very kind, organized and willing to look into things and make them right if they have gone “wrong.” Samina, you have excellent writing and documentation. You choose the best people to focus on in the world of service and policework.

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    • Thank you so much Robin for such beautiful and kind words about the honorable Commissioner Bob Paulson. He is an honorable leader of the Police Force and is responsible for the positive changes in the Police Force and also in our society. He is loved and honored highly by everyone including myself as I am his great supporter. We can all learn from his words of wisdom, thus is how I feel. Thank you so much for appreciating my choice of people and their noble words. Your encouragement perks up my confidence and makes my day. You take care and God bless.

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