RCMP agrees to reinstate former Mountie discharged over Mayerthorpe trauma – Politics

The RCMP has agreed to reinstate a Mountie who developed post-traumatic stress disorder after four of his fellow officers were murdered at Mayerthorpe, Alta., in 2005.

Const. Trevor Josok took the force to Federal Court after he was involuntarily medically discharged from the force last summer after several years of being on leave.

Josok’s mental health suffered a blow after James Roszko murdered four of the constable’s colleagues at the same scene Josok had been guarding just a few hours earlier. After a medical leave, the constable returned to work in 2006 but left on a medical leave two years later, saying his supervisors only assigned him menial tasks.

Josok’s B.C.-based lawyer Sebastien Anderson said the RCMP let him go in June 2016. 

“They just medically discharged him without having the medical evidence and in this instance Const. Josok’s restrictions were fairly limited. The only restriction was he could not wear a uniform and there’s many non-uniform positions that he could perform,” Anderson told CBC News.

Anderson said he received a settlement agreement today, saying the RCMP would reinstate Josok retroactive to the date he was discharged.

RCMP constables Trevor Josok, left, and Joe Wenisch stand by as French skier Carole Montillet waves the French flag on the podium after a race in Lake Louise, Alta., in 2001. Josok, who suffered PTSD and was involuntarily medically discharged last year, has won reinstatement. (Andy Clark/Reuters)

No one from the RCMP responded to a request for comment from CBC News, but Anderson said Josok should be back in a plain-clothes job within two months after re-obtaining security clearance and undergoing a fitness examination.

RCMP mental health services found lacking

Today’s settlement comes on the heels of this week’s report from the federal auditor general that found the force is failing to meet its employees’ mental health needs.

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