The VEO has 3 strategic priorities under which our roles and responsibilities fall:
1. Ethics education
2. Ethics in practice
The goal of the VEO is to provide pro-active opportunities for the RCMP to practice ethics on a daily basis:
3. Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act
(Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat)
When it comes to leadership, the VEO is involved in the maintenance and furtherance of ethics within the RCMP. This is accomplished through its participation in the Leadership Continuum. To ensure that there is a continuum of ethics education for all employees throughout their career, the VEO is responsible to research, develop and monitor ethics education material used for RCMP courses. The VEO also works collaboratively with the Senior Executive Committee to strengthen our organizational conscience. The VEO supports, through ethics education & practice, the RCMP’s objective of being “an adaptive, accountable, trusted organization of fully engaged employees demonstrating outstanding leadership, and providing world-class police services.”
Ethics education and awareness are essential in enabling the RCMP to have a solid operating foundation of values and ethics to maintain and strengthen the trust of our communities and employees. In this endeavour, the VEO is partnering with various areas by ensuring there is a continuum of ethics education for all employees throughout their careers -- both within the leadership cadre and within our business lines. In addition, for the RCMP to be a leader in ethics education, the VEO is providing presentations to its external partners -- both nationally and abroad. The VEO makes numerous presentations regarding applied ethics, to various areas within the RCMP, addressing specific issues unique to the respective areas. The goal of this education is to provide employees with the tools necessary to meet their roles and responsibilities in an ethical manner.
RCMP employees can also take courses on values and ethics at the Canada School of Public Service. Two courses offered in 2009 and 2010 are Paving the Way: Values and Ethics Foundations for Employees and Active Leadership in Values and Ethics.
The VEO considers research to be an integral aspect to learning. The Office conducts research on ethical matters to enhance our knowledge and to determine best practices. In recent times, to better understand the causes of unethical behaviour, and to be able to detect and intervene on unethical behaviour, the VEO has conducted a trends-analysis of concerns within the RCMP. The research was conducted to examine potential organizational trends of ethical concerns being brought forward to the VEO in order to provide strategic guidance within the RCMP to minimize and mitigate future concerns.
In an effort to be pro-active, the VEO is striving to ensure that all operational and administrative functions are underpinned with values and ethics. The ethics education that the VEO provides offers tools to employees to meet roles and responsibilities in an ethical manner. Knowledge concerning values and ethics and how to identify and deal with ethical dilemmas is the best way to recognize, avoid, and cut short situations that have the potential of becoming less than ethical. The VEO also partners with various business lines to incorporate values and ethics in areas such as policy development, programs, and research. As well as the above, the VEO provides guidance and advice on matters that affect the organization and the public we serve.
To be a values-driven organization of excellence, the RCMP needs a network of formal and informal leaders across the organization to lead, teach, deliver, encourage and demonstrate positive values and key messages. Ethical champions must be identified at all levels, from all categories, in all places. The VEO partners with internal and external stakeholders in order to address the needs of the RCMP and those of the community. This is not about more positions, organizational charts and budgets; it is about inspiring the silent majority of employees who work hard and demonstrate our core values on a daily basis to play a more pro-active role. It is about getting leaders to lead. This is about raising the bar for future generations.
In becoming a trusted RCMP organization grounded in values and ethics, the VEO has established strategies aimed at reducing risk. These strategies include listening to and advising on ethical issues, facilitating ethical education, promoting ethics in policies and processes, implementing the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act (PSDPA), and delivering program communications. The successes of these strategies transpire from our goal of underpinning values and ethics in all that we do.