Former police officer opens up on her case in new book
Janet Merlo was an officer with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) for 19 years before leaving the force in 2010, citing depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Since her exit, Merlo has gone public with a story of nightmare — sexual harassment at the hands of select colleagues and superiors within the force.
Merlo, originally from Newfoundland, has worked with local publisher Breakwater Books to detail her story in a new book, “No One To Tell: Breaking My Silence on Life in the RCMP.”
The book is receiving an official launch this week in St. John’s.
She has dedicated the book to her two daughters and ex-husband, who she says suffered through her experiences with her, as it was hard not to take the harassment home.
Merlo’s book also mentions Cpl. Catherine Galliford, who graduated with her from RCMP training and was out front before the cameras on high-profile cases including the Air India disaster and the trial of Robert Pickton in British Columbia. Like Merlo, Galliford has also come out with claims of sexual harassment inside the RCMP. The allegations have yet to be proven in court.
Merlo is currently seeking to have her case certified as a class action lawsuit given, as her lawyers have said, hundreds of other women have come forward claiming experiences of inappropriate treatment by their fellow RCMP officers.
Merlo’s case is expected back before the courts in December.
The RCMP, through both lawyers and staff at the highest levels, has repeatedly said harassment of any kind is not tolerated within the federal police force.
Since Merlo and Galliford’s cases have come to light, with others coming forward, the RCMP announced 100 officers would be trained to investigate internal complaints, including complaints of sexual harassment.
The Telegram has been offered a feature interview with Merlo this afternoon on her experiences, the RCMP and her new book.
More will come at thetelegram.com.
This is a corrected version