Sexual harassment within the force Paulson’s top priority

RCMP’s next commissioner, Bob Paulson assured Wednesday to improve the national police service. Paulson’s appointment was formally declared in the morning by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said in the House of Commons that the government is alarmed about recent complaints of sexual harassment and has referred the matter to the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP.

Toews said: “Recent allegations of sexual harassment within the force have caused me great concern. It is imperative that all members of the RCMP be free to face the daily and expected challenges of a day’s work without harassment and without fear of mistreatment by co-workers and superiors.”

Paulson showed support for that action and maintained that accountability and leadership will be his top priorities.

“First on my plate will be addressing the issue of harassment and sexual harassment,” Paulson said.

Paulson’s appointment will come into full effect on Nov. 21. His selection has finally solved the mystery of who would replace former RCMP watchdog William Elliott.

“Mr. Paulson was chosen following a rigorous and open selection process. As a senior police leader with broad experience across the RCMP’s complex mandate, he brings with him a deep understanding of the challenges facing the Force,” said Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

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