Royal Canadian Mounted Police seeks Hispanic agents
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) decided to be more inclusive and put systemic racism behind them. To ensure that their agents include more Hispanics, Native Americans, blacks, and other ethnic minorities who respond to the diverse community they serve, they published a call for a contractor to evaluate new candidates.
The initiative is part of the RCMP modernization plan, known as Vision 150, which also includes changes to the criteria for becoming an officer in the Canadian Federal Police, the federal police force whose fame extends beyond the country’s borders.
Traditionally, the mounted police were one of the symbols of Canada, but they have been in the eye of the hurricane. After three years of work, Michel Bastarache, former judge of the Canadian Supreme Court, released a report in which he concluded that “a toxic culture prevails in the RCMP. This culture encourages, or at least tolerates, misogynistic, racist and homophobic attitudes among many of its members ”, he pointed out.
At the time, even Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raised the issue. “If an organization cannot keep its own members safe from harassment and discrimination, how can Canadians trust it to keep them safe while enforcing the law? Much work is required to improve and reform the RCMP, and that is exactly what we continue to focus on, ”he stated.
A thorough review of these processes found that while changes have been made to the processes and tools to address the challenges presented by the report, there is still much to be done. Even when potential applicants have both interest and qualifications, there is evidence that the exams are a kind of network that is not passed through by candidates of ethnic descent and gender diversity.
In a statement, Brenda Lucki, Commissioner of the RCMP, said that the federal police need to better reflect the communities they serve and invigorate the offer to attract new candidates capable of speaking languages other than the official languages and have a greater knowledge and empathy for cultural diversity. “We take a look at our organization and recognize that some hiring policies and processes need to be changed and improved,” Lucki said.
The challenges of the RCMP
At the moment, of the 20 thousand agents that make up the police force, less than 12 percent are considered within the group of visible minorities and women represent only 21.7 percent of the police force.
Furthermore, changes in the Canadian social and demographic context, such as the decline in the unemployment rate and increased urbanization, have contributed to a decline in applications for admission in recent years, despite increasing attempts to attract a broader candidate base, states the tender document.
Today, the tests under which the 10,000 candidates who, on average, express their interest in being agents of the Canadian Mounted Police each year are evaluated are culturally and racially biased, so the new company in charge Future selection processes should be tailored to Canadian diversity to offer equal opportunities to indigenous, racial, sexual and ethnic communities, adds the text of the tender.
So it is very likely soon there will be more diversity among the Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers and they will even speak Spanish or other widely used languages.
By Silvia Méndez