RCMP needs to better protect its secrets, internal review finds

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The RCMP must better protect ;managing its secrets, according to an internal review

This review was conducted after a senior officer was arrested for allegedly revealing classified information.

An internal RCMP review, conducted following the arrest of a senior officer who allegedly revealed secret information, urges the federal police to make a decisive turn to better protect their secrets.

Example must also come from the top of the organization, recommends this study.

The review makes 43 recommendations, including on training, greater adherence to federal security standards, and even allowing random body searches to be conducted.

The exercise confirmed that there are gaps in RCMP security that need to be addressed.

RCMP security can and must be improved to reduce threats to federal law enforcement and protect the public, the report reads.

The mission was assigned to a retired former RCMP superintendent following the September 2019 arrest of RCMP National Intelligence Coordination Center Director General Cameron Jay Ortis.

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Ortis is charged with violating the Privacy Act. He allegedly attempted to leak secret information to “a foreign organization”. He is also charged with breach of trust and having committed a computer offence. His trial is scheduled to begin next year.

Commissioned by RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki, this review focused on organizational factors relating to personnel, facilities and information technology. He also looked at insider threats within the police force.

The report was completed in June 2020. It was only released to The Canadian Press recently, 19 months after a request was made under the Access to Information Act.

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Several portions of the 78-page document have been redacted.

According to the report, a management plan has been drawn up in order to propose avenues for reflection about the changes the RCMP can make. Regarding the specific measures to be implemented by the federal police, the latter indicates that efforts are still underway.

The RCMP is committed to addressing the recommendations of the review. This provides the organization with an opportunity to modernize its security practices, RCMP spokeswoman Robin Percival said. We will continue to review and adapt our security measures to protect intelligence, informants and the public in the ever-changing environment facing a national police force.< /p>

In particular, the review found that security awareness training was not mandatory in the RCMP. Worse still, the one given was outdated.

Another troubling fact was that there was a pervasive attitude that restrictions for security reasons had to be circumvented in order to do its job.< /p>

Resources for conducting background checks on new and former employees were limited, meaning this exercise was lagging behind.

The report recommends several changes within the RCMP. It is hoped that the federal police will strengthen the role and influence of its chief security officer. We also want it to implement the same auditing standards as those in effect at Treasury Board and to institute mandatory training to better tackle insider threats and to raise awareness among employees. employees to the importance of safety.

The vast majority of RCMP employees are dedicated and loyal, but the alleged actions of Cameron Jay Ortis demonstrate that we can no longer place our trust without regular audits.

The report concludes that the implementation of its recommendations must be carried out in concert with a real change in the culture of security within the RCMP until #x27;at the highest level of the organization.

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