Successive reports on the RCMP have hammered the force for systemic workplace harassment, saying the force isn’t fixing things.
Others suggest it’s a common headspace for many police forces. Leslie Bikos, a former London police officer now studying police forces, wrote in the Globe and Mail this week that, “The culture of policing was originally built on white, traditionally masculine, conservative norms, and is based on hyper-masculinity, loyalty and, above all, silence.”
Former auditor general Sheila Fraser, reviewing workplace harassment in the RCMP, had a stark analysis: “While the RCMP is currently engaged in a conscientious effort to deal with harassment, I am of the view that revised policies and procedures and training will not adequately deal with the problem. It will take a long time to fix and will require a vastly different approach.”
I don’t doubt it.
Why? Because of where it all began.