Editorial: RCMP needs shift in attitudes

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The settlement of two class-action lawsuits against the RCMP and the apology by the force’s commanding officer bring to a close a difficult chapter for the national police. How the next chapter turns out depends on fundamental shifts in attitudes and actions throughout the force.

RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson apologized profusely Thursday to hundreds of current and former female officers and employees who were subjected to bullying, discrimination and harassment, some of which date back to 1974. He made the apology as he announced the settlement of two class-action lawsuits stemming from those incidents.

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