Honorable RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson, talks about his number one challenge, and says,
“Public trust. I don’t think people know how urgent it is in our organization. I’ve had officers say to me when I travel that they don’t like to talk about what they do sometimes when they go to new areas, when they are with their neighbors….The lion’s share of our members and employees, day in day out, come in and do enormous public service to Canadians. I can’t be seen as the new leader to be running around and saying the place is falling down. I have to be persuasive in making the case to everybody, those 90 percent of employees, and say I can’t do this by myself. So all of us got to go to those folks and we got to knock ‘em on the head….Without the public trust, you are not going to be effective in your core business. If people don’t have some confidence in our ability to close investigations-market enforcement investigations, homicide, and organized crime cases-they are not going to participate.”
© Samina Iqbal. 2014.