VANCOUVER EASTSIDE MISSING WOMEN
RCMP says former spokeswoman about to file civil suit
THE VANCOUVER SUN AND CANADIAN PRESS MAY 10, 2012
The man in charge of the RCMP in British Columbia says a well-known corporal who once worked as a spokeswoman is filing a civil suit against the force.
Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens says the Mounties have not yet been served but will respond to allegations made by Cpl. Catherine Galliford in a statement of defence.
Allegations of widespread sexual harassment within the RCMP initially surfaced last November, when Galliford — a 20-year member and a high-profile spokeswoman on cases such as Air India and serial killer Robert Pickton — released an internal complaint about enduring sexual harassment and abuse from former male colleagues.
She was unavailable for comment Wednesday night.
Callens says investigators have been unable to corroborate or substantiate any allegations Galliford made related to the inquiry into the Robert Pickton killings.
He says remaining allegations continue to be investigated.
Galliford, 44, left active duty four years ago and has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. She was being treated at an Ontario facility as recently as last month.
In April Callens issued another statement saying more than 100 officers will be trained by June to investigate internal sexual harassment complaints, in addition to performing their regular duties.
Galliford told The Sun at the time that training the officers will be extremely important, but, she added, independent investigators are also needed because many Mounties have lost faith in internal investigations conducted by other RCMP members.
"I think it is a promising first step. I don't think senior management with the RCMP had any idea how bad the harassment in the RCMP had become," she said at the time.
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Statement issued by Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens:
I am aware that a civil suit is being filed on behalf of Cpl. Galliford. It is my understanding that the civil suit contains a series of very serious yet still unproven allegations. We have not yet been served but our formal response will be filed in a Statement of Defence.
Prior to the filing of this civil suit, many allegations have been made by Cpl. Galliford, both publicly and in a statement that she provided to the RCMP.
I assigned senior major crime investigators and investigators from our Professional Standards Unit to conduct a thorough investigation into all of these allegations. Given the serious nature of the allegations and the ongoing Missing Women Commission of Inquiry, I separated the allegations into two groups - those which were related to the Inquiry and those which remained. I asked that those related to the Inquiry be investigated first, given the relevance to the ongoing Inquiry.
The allegations relating to the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry have been fully investigated and I can tell you that we have not been able to substantiate nor corroborate any related to the alleged sexual harassment by RCMP members. The findings have been provided to Commission Counsel and to Cpl. Galliford. I have also asked the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP to independently review the entire investigation as part of their Chair Initiated Complaint and Public Interest Investigation and provide their comments on all aspects, including the thoroughness as well as any bias or other factors.
The remaining allegations continue to be investigated. To this point, we have not been able to substantiate any of those allegations, but we have not yet completed our work. Once this internal investigation is complete, I will again ask the CPC to independently review these findings as well, and provide their comment.
Given that the allegations now form part of a civil suit and are being independently reviewed, I am not able to comment further. The civil court process will require that testimony be given under oath, subject to cross examination, and allow the trier of fact to make the appropriate judgment.
Updated: August 21, 2016