Half of the RCMP officers surveyed for an internal opinion poll said they didn’t think senior leaders within the force were competent to carry out their responsibilities.

Forty-six per cent of the approximately 12,000 officers surveyed for the 2009 RCMP Employee Opinion Survey said they did not feel the RCMP had competent senior leaders within the force, compared to 26 who thought they did.

While the overwhelming majority of officers surveyed said they were proud of the work they do, 51 per cent disagreed when asked if the RCMP prepares supervisors and managers well, compared to 25 per cent who agreed.

A spokesperson for RCMP national headquarters was not available to comment yesterday.

Nineteen per cent of respondents nationwide said they’d been harassed on the job by a superior, supervisor or co-worker in the previous 12 months.

Another 48 per cent of respondents said they’d thought about quitting, some on a daily basis, but most at least monthly, while 44 per cent said they had never considered leaving the force.

Yet from coast to coast to coast, officers reported pride and satisfaction in their work. Eighty per cent reported the national police force was a good place to work and 87 per cent said they were proud to be RCMP members.

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