100 B.C. Mounties to probe sex harassment within force, Tamsyn Burgmann , The Canadian Press
“British Columbia’s top RCMP officer says he’s talked to hundreds of women who work for the force in British Columbia and they’ve told him the work environment has to change, so he’s appointing 100 Mounties to investigate sexual harassment complaints in an effort to improve a culture condemned by some as intolerably sexist.
“The investigators will form the crux of a broader plan being hammered out under the direction of RCMP Deputy Commissioner Craig Callens in response to the internal workplace assessment he initiated earlier this year after several high-profile accusations were made public.
“Cpl. Catherine Galliford, a former media relations officer, was the first to speak out about enduring sexual harassment and abuse from senior officers and she touched off a series of suits including a class-action that could involve more than 100 women…”
This is not the first time for RCMP top brass to promise that members will soon enjoy improved work conditions. However, this might be the first time the senior officer is likely to initiate significant reform.
There is much to be done to restore the RCMP’s good name and reputation. Appointing 100 police officers to examine harassment complaints is not a top-down review. Quite the opposite. But, a unique approach is required and this might be it. We should all hope Deputy Commissioner Callens will be successful.