McConnell is a good cop and a man’s man. In some ways the last of a dying breed. When you see the politically correct in Edmonton creating a talking shop to examine police ethics (Police to tackle ethical practices – Edmonton Journal Nov. 26, 2006) at a time when gun violence has reached unprecedented levels and that city has become the murder capital of Canada, it clearly demonstrates what policing has become.
These days young Mounties, for example, are taught in recruit training that they can “opt out” if they believe a call is too dangerous. Seriously.
But opting out is not in the lexicon for cops like McConnell. Too bad there weren’t more like him and fewer happy to sit around talking needlessly about ethics.
I am always glad to see a good cop – or good anything – receive their recognization but does it have to be at the expense of what you refer to as “needlessly about ethics”? Both Edmonton and Calgary have shown, in my opinion, that more focus not less is needed in terms of ethics and ethicial behaviour. Would you not agree?
I’m not criticizing ethics. Ethics in the policing world, in general, are mandated by formalized Regs and Orders and legislation such as the RCMP Act federally or the provincial Police Acts. My criticism is about the folks who want to sit around talking endlessly about something that is primarily already carved in stone. Nero fiddled while Rome burned.
vKeiron must have put in a lot of hours taking this reporter on a tour as well as looking out for her safety in order to get her a good story. For all of the courtesy and cooperation he extended, the Province repaid him at the end of the article with a gratuitious reference to that jail photo nonsense which you characterized perfectly. Perhaps they’ll think about that slag the next time they look for ‘courtesy’ at a crime scene and some cop tells them to f**k off and get back behind the tape.