Goodale says RCMP re­cruit­ing to ad­dress un­der-staffing

Regina Leader-Post - - CITY + REGION -

Canada’s pub­lic safety min­is­ter says the RCMP is work­ing to ad­dress its un­der-staffing is­sue in Saskatchewan.

Ralph Goodale said the force has em­barked on an ex­ten­sive re­cruit­ment cam­paign.

He said they hope in this com­ing year to have a new class grad­u­at­ing from the de­pot train­ing academy in Regina vir­tu­ally every week rather than every month or every two weeks.

Ear­lier this year, the RCMP in Saskatchewan con­firmed they were deal­ing with staffing is­sues — the of­fi­cial num­ber is about four per cent but there have been re­ports the ac­tual num­ber is higher.

Goodale said the Moun­ties want to get re­cruits out as rapidly as pos­si­ble with­out com­pro­mis­ing train­ing.

He also said the RCMP want new re­cruits to re­flect Canada’s di­ver­sity.

“From a lan­guage point of view, a gen­der point of view, a mul­ti­cul­tural point of view, that they have the full coun­try re­flected in the grad­u­ates that they are turn­ing out from the de­pot,” he said.

Goodale said an ag­ing work­force has been a rea­son for the lack of staffing, be­cause more mem­bers are re­tir­ing.

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