RCMP commissioner wants to increase number of female Mounties
RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson appears at Senate national security and defence committee in Ottawa on Thursday, June 21, 2012. (Sean Kilpatrick / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Published Tuesday, February 26, 2013 1:40PM EST
OTTAWA -- RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson says he's doing everything he can to increase the number of women in uniform.
Paulson made the commitment during testimony today before the House of Commons status of women committee.
Paulson was testifying after the Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP released a report two weeks ago calling for fundamental changes to the way the Mounties handle harassment complaints.
The commission stopped short of identifying a systemic problem of sexual harassment within the force, despite intense publicity about difficulties and grievances.
Paulson says he wants half of all new recruits to be women within two years to help reach the goal of having a national police force that is 30-per-cent female by 2025.
Ian McPhail, interim chairman of the complaints body, says the RCMP needs to do more to encourage men and women to come forward with complaints of harassment.