As you will see from my biography, my education fermented an interest in politics and the economy but my work history and the basis for what I now am writing about comes from the world of criminal investigations. I am proud to have spent in excess of 35 years conducting a variety of investigations from the small to the large, from the simple to the complicated. Thirty-four of those years was with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and then another three in the Corporate world. The investigative world was my world for a long time, too long some may say to have had no effect on shaping my thought processes. I hope that that is not totally true. I think it has honed my ability to tell right from wrong.
So why write a blog?
I like many have become shocked at the steadily declining emergency services world, in particular the world of policing and its unaccountability to the general public. Mismanagement has become common with morale at an all time low, costs at an all time high, and grossly inflated organizational units. While at the same time the public good is being battered while management currency of the day is often knee-jerk with pandering reactions to the political forces that buffet them.
There is a growing legalized corruption of these services, where self-promotion and personal advancement seem to have become the leading driver of change. Equally shocking is that there is growing obfuscation of the details, a lack of accountability and often times an obvious attempt to misdirect the information.
I don’t think the need for me to blog would be quite as strong if the Fifth Estate, which over the years I relied upon to shed a light on public matters is failing. Reliable reporting and investigative journalism is on a troubling decline. Thorough reporting is being replaced by YouTube and Twitter feeds have become the determinants of what is newsworthy and in the public interest. Questions are not being asked and the depth of a story is often a 30 second news bite or in 140 characters.
Therefore I hope to bring an investigational focus on some of the issues of the day. It will be interspersed with clearly identified opinion, but hopefully most with be credible research on broad topics which are afflicting both the good of the public and the good of those involved in the services.
This will not be a “cop blog”, nor with deference will it be a stringing together of police information or a running account of the latest in the gang wars and affiliations. There are others who already do this. These sites are often based on rumour and innuendo, and they are ever changing, often confusing, and for the most part just symptoms and not the causes. My goal is to ask the relevant questions, find the broader issues which underly these problems and to venture down the rabbit hole. There is little doubt that it will offend some.
As I age and time no longer seems infinite, this blog will be both my therapy and sometimes a lectern, but mostly an attempt to provide a fair debate and a closer examination of these issues.
I claim to be neither conservative nor liberal, often living in the world of the grey, not the black and white. I may not have answers to a lot of questions.
I also hold out the possibility that I will write about something that interests me outside of the policing world. I find that too much of a single focus of attention can be tiresome.
Hopefully there is room for an often cranky old goat amongst the overwhelming and bewildering jetsam of the net, an “older” person who is not going to write writing about retirement locations, the latest budget changes affecting pensions, or about my dog.
My heroes over time have included Woodward and Bernstein, Christie Blatchford, David Carr, and Michael Lewis, and I am a huge fan of the New York Times and ProPublica. I could never claim to write as well but they inspire me to try.
Welcome to my blog.
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Having read your blog inspires me even more to release my spirits.
Life is sometimes cold and wet.
If the thought of the open sea was in your dreams and you wanted to aim in that direction,
Than you would become a navigator.
Reflections of a quiet lake can change that direction.
Fjm. 1981 circa
Thanks Frank….appreciate it…
Just read your story about Nick and Chatham Head. I was stationed in Newcastle from 1968-72 under the direction of Sgt. Ed Christie and Sgt. Bill Baskin. You have described the era and area implicitly well. I new Alan LEGER and had arrested him on numerous occasions along with another notorious criminal of the day one Ronal MALLEY. I remember one incident when another officer and I were called to remove an intoxicated passed out gentleman from the sofa of a Chatham Head lady. The gentleman was passed out on a couch and I agreed to take the upper half and my partner took the lower. Once we grabbed him the fight was on. During the skirmish I noticed a wrist watch laying on the ground which no doubt was the intoxicated mans and I “accidently ” crushed it into the floor with my shiny police boots. When we were booking him at the Newcastle Police Cells and I was filling out form C-13 at the space provided for time I looked at my watch and saw two large scatches on my wrist it was my own watch I had “stepped on”.
I spent 37 years in the RCMP but without question the toughest times were in the Miramichi where people lived hard and died hard. I learned a lot of life’s lessons well serving there.
Thanks for your note Bill….good story. I knew Ronald Malley as well, and Rita, and the rest of the clan. Quite the crew.