TWICE AS FAR
- EXTRACT FROM FILE NOTES -
- 2001 MAR 21 -
PORTIONS OF THE
ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE
POLICY MANUAL ON NOTE TAKING
Lathem, after the 'Change the Notes' meeting,
supplied a copy of the RCMP manual on note taking.
There are too many pages with not much material for them all to be presented here.
But some important points are presented here
that were brought to the attention of Conlin in the rebuttal memo.
Some of them are described in the book.
Note the sentence - 'As a permanent, ongoing record of events ...'
Permanent means 'unchanging'.
'Serve as a record of your conduct should questions arise.'
What about the conduct of others involved in the investigation?
Note the line - 'Do not include your personal opinions on any aspect of the case.'
This was another of the many points that were raised with Conlin.
Does it mean that an expert witness,
with an expert opinion,
cannot keep notes of that opinion?
The rebuttal to her memo closed in on the fact that,
as a former Forensic Identification Section member,
I had court accepted expert opinions on many subject matters in many cases.
Fingerprint identifications, physical matches, tire track identifications,
snowmobile track identifications, footwear idenfications, and fire cause and progression determinations
were just some of those areas.
She was told that the Force's policy was written by idiots who have never done field work
and who have never been to court,
and only fools and more idiots would adopt it as correct procedure.
The Force's note taking policy has now changed.
Paragraph 2.1 in the following
National Policy OM 25.2
provides that a properly compiled notebook
will corroborate evidence.
That implies that a notebook is improperly compiled
if it provides contradictory evidence
While the general public may at first look at this as dirty laundry of the Force being aired in public,
one must realize that this policy was set as procedural guidelines for members of the RCMP
who were conducting criminal investigations.
The notes that were made during those cases
resulted in people being charged and convicted in court.
While the vast majority of members who were conducting investigations ignored those policies
and did the right and moral thing,
there were the a like Lathem and Gorman who knew of that policy
and demanded that it be followed.
Gorman for years had worked on homicide cases from across the Atlantic Region.
They were the caseload of the Blood Spatter Section.
Lathem was the Officer in Charge of the 'H' Division Major Crime Unit.
he was in charge of every major crime investigation
that occurred in the RCMP's jurisdiction for the Province of Nova Scotia.
HOW MANY OTHERS LIKE THEM ARE THERE?
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