The RCMP has a bullying problem that needs to be countered by better training and record-keeping, the force’s watchdog says in a long-awaited report released today.
The RCMP public complaints commission launched its investigation in November 2011 in reaction to widespread reports from female Mounties about systemic sexual harassment.
The report released Thursday looks at 718 harassment complaints filed between 2005 and 2011, representing about 2.5 per cent of all employees at the RCMP.
Commission chairman Ian McPhail said about 90 per cent of the complaints involved bullying, rather than sexual harassment.
“Yes, there’s a problem of harassment, but overwhelmingly the problem was abuse of authority,” he told CBC News.