CRCC releases report on workplace harassment in the RCMP

Ottawa - 2017-05-15

Harassment remains a serious and persistent problem, rooted in the culture of the RCMP

Ian McPhail, Chairperson of the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP (CRCC), released today the conclusions of his systemic review on workplace harassment in the RCMP.

"This is a comprehensive review where we set out to examine the RCMP's policies, procedures and training on workplace harassment, to study the extent to which RCMP culture contributes to harassment and a follow-up to the recommendations I made to the RCMP in my 2013 report on this matter," said Mr. McPhail.

In February 2016, the CRCC launched the review following a request from the Minister of Public Safety to look into the issue of harassment within the RCMP. The report contains 9 findings and makes 11 recommendations to the RCMP and the Minister of Public Safety aimed at addressing what is a longstanding issue with harassment within the Force.

"Harassment remains a serious and persistent problem for the RCMP," said Mr. McPhail. "Despite some efforts, the RCMP has failed to effect the necessary changes in a meaningful or systematic way. The Commission proposes key reforms to address harassment. These recommendations include improving the culture of leadership, strengthening key policies, procedures and training, and developing professionalization of the RCMP. Most importantly, it is necessary to rethink the governance structure of the RCMP."

The CRCC is an independent agency, distinct and independent from the RCMP.

For more information on the CRCC, please visit: www.complaintscommission.ca or follow us on Twitter @CRCC_CCETP.

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For more information, please contact:

Laura Colella
613-219-4595
media@crcc-ccetp.gc.ca

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