OTTAWA – The RCMP will launch a national effort to eliminate sexual misconduct in the workplace after a review criticized the police force’s response to a case involving nudity and harassment.
The RCMP acknowledges its initial investigations were “fraught with missed opportunities” to effectively deal with the misconduct, protect the victims and witnesses and heal the workplace.
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RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson says he accepts the review’s 28 recommendations, made public today, and is apologizing to those who experienced distress.
In February, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale expressed outrage to Paulson when allegations surfaced about unwanted sexual touching, bullying and rampant nudity in the explosives training unit of the 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 reassure both members and the public.
The force says today it must continue to strengthen and promote workplace wellness, ensure RCMP employees are safe from harassment and give them confidence in the internal processes to address misconduct.