Public safety minister asks watchdog to revisit RCMP bullying, harassment
Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale responds to a question during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Jan. 28, 2016. (Sean Kilpatrick/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, February 24, 2016 8:03AM EST
OTTAWA - The federal public safety minister is asking the RCMP watchdog to revisit the issue of bullying and harassment within the national police force.
Ralph Goodale says he has invited the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP to look at whether recommendations it made three years ago have been implemented.
Last week the minister expressed outrage to RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson when allegations surfaced about unwanted sexual touching, bullying and rampant nudity in the workplace at the explosives training unit of the Canadian Police College in Ottawa.
In a 2013 report, the watchdog over the RCMP said the force must take swift and effective action on complaints of workplace bullying and harassment to restore the shaken confidence of both members and the public.
It called for a more independent process, strict timelines for responding to accusations and force-wide training on the issue.
Since then, new legislation has revamped the way such cases are handled within the force and training has also been stepped up.