Closer to the Truth
Location: Lawe's office, USS Molon Labe
Timeline: Immediately after Psychoanalysis of the Third Kind
"Thank you for agreeing to this emergency meeting, sir," Carys began as she entered Ken's office upon his request. "I know how much you have on your plate right now and I assure you, I wouldn't bother you with this if I didn't feel it was absolutely necessary. It concerns Lieutenant Victor Reynolds. To put it simply, I could not clear him for duty because he admitted to lying to me during an official psychological evaluation."
Carys decided to stop there to give Lawe the chance to absorb what she had already said. She didn't want to take any more time from him than was absolutely necessary, but she wanted to make sure he had a chance to absorb all of the facts as well.
Ken was at the desk as the counselor came in and very quickly and succinctly told him the problem. Or so he believed. But...he couldn't believe what he heard. Or more correctly, he thought since he was across from the counselor, he didn't want to believe what he was hearing. With a heavy sigh he stood and went to the replicator. "Anything for you counselor?" he asked after he ordered a Betazoid blend of tea that contained overtones of chocolate along with the camelia sinensis.
"No, but thank you, sir," Adler replied. She didn't expect this meeting to take too long, and if she had any more caffeine, she just might go into orbit herself.
Sitting back at the desk, Ken stalled further by sipping the hot beverage. Then, finally, setting his mug on the counter he regarded the counselor. "I want to ask if this is a joke," Ken said, slowly, sounding out the words as he spoke. "Not on your part, I'm well aware of your dedication to your craft and that you would not abuse it by trivializing it. But on Reynolds's part? A very poorly thought out and executed joke?"
Carys considered the possibility for a moment and then shook her head. "According to Reynolds himself, he decided to spin this elaborate tale about getting violent with a suspect because it was, and I quote, 'fun for him because it allowed him to use acting skills he hadn't utilized in a long time.' I have no doubt he believed it was funny because he laughed as he admitted to stringing me along," Adler offered succinctly.
Carys shrugged and then added, "As you know, sir, I'm no stranger to distrust and a certain amount of hazing from law enforcement officers, at least initially when they find out my professional role, but I've never had someone deliberately lie to me during an official psychological evaluation for their own amusement. Certainly, I've had officers try to minimize their behavior or manipulate my perception of their actions or feelings so that they can pass the evaluation, but in those cases, their motivations for doing so are part of the clinical issue being addressed.
The counselor continued, "In this instance, Lieutenant Reynolds deliberately chose to make up a story out of whole cloth about his own behavior concerning an issue, his use of force and his attitudes toward those who would question him about it, that is very relevant to his own fitness for duty. This went on for several minutes, and because he has demonstrated a willingness to be deliberately deceptive simply to amuse himself, at best, I can't make a determination of his fitness for duty, and at worst, what he has shown me is that he isn't fit to lead it because he has no respect for the obligations he must meet to do so."
Ken sighed. He was already having trouble finding qualified people to put in key positions as it was. His only fugitive team was pulled just that morning meaning he'd have to work on finding replacements, as well as several officers. "Will you give him a second chance, provided that he's put on administrative duty until he's cleared?"
Adler considered his question for a moment. Some part of her wanted to say no because she couldn't imagine how someone like that had made it through the ranks and she had serious doubts about his competence. In addition, she wasn't sure if she could ever trust in what he had to offer again. On the other hand, she knew she could get her point across and she knew they couldn't afford to turn away an experienced officer, even if she questioned how he had gotten this far based on the required psychological evaluations. In the end, she had to find out whether he'd be willing to learn from his mistakes. "I'm willing, provided he agrees to be completely honest with me."
"Consider him having agreed, Counselor," Ken said. "As to any other reasonable conditions you wish to place on him, I'll make sure he understands the seriousness of this incident as well as the need for honesty in all fitreps."
"I'd appreciate that, sir," Adler replied with a nod. "I also appreciate you taking the time to meet with me concerning this issue. It isn't my intention to come to you with every personnel difficulty, but in this case, I felt the circumstances were serious enough to warrant your awareness."
"I agree and I'm glad you came to me first about it, so that it can be taken care of and Mr. Reynolds given the opportunity to discover the seriousness of that situation. Which he will be made very much aware of, just as soon as I get his ass in here."
Carys nodded. "Please let me know if there's anything else I can do for you, sir."
"That should be about it for now, unless there was more you needed?"
Adler shook her head. "Not at all, sir. Thank you for your time." With that, the chief counselor took her leave.