Staff Recruitment and Retention Biggest Challenges Facing RCMP – Brenda Butterworth-Carr
Surrey, B.C. – B.C.’s newest top cop says staff recruitment and retention are the biggest challenges facing the RCMP in this country.
Newly appointed commanding officer of the RCMP in B.C., Deputy Commissioner Brenda Butterworth-Carr, made the comment this morning from E Division headquarters in Surrey during her first media availability since starting her new job last week.
“Being able to recruit additionally – we’re competing with private and public industry and as well as other police services,” she said. “And being able to continue retaining our employees while moving forward and delivering great services.”
Butterworth-Carr added the biggest obstacle in addressing both recruitment and retention of staff is pay.
“Pay has been a challenge for us and on a national level I know that the Commissioner has been very aggressive in bringing that forward to the federal government and through the discussions we’ve had I would say that’s the biggest impact for us.”
When it comes to the legalization of marijuana she said Mounties are “actively working with the federal and provincial governments” on the matter.
“As legislation comes into play, there’s a tremendous amount of consultation that is occurring and whether it’s impaired driving related to drugs and so forth we are certainly addressing any of the training we require to be able to support that and we’ll wait to see what the legislation looks like and respond accordingly to it.”
Asked for her views on sexual harassment and other inappropriate behaviours with the force, Butterworth-Carr said the organization takes a “zero tolerance” approach.
Adding she couldn’t comment on any ongoing investigations, she said: “The tone I’ll be setting is the one that I have for the entire course of my experience. It’s that we’re a force of inclusion, equality and that we strive for that and anything less is unacceptable.”
She also addressed the issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and said “a multi-sectoral” approach – including collaboration between all levels of government including First Nations – is needed.
“We need to focus on prevention and the education and the reduction of any of our women and girls – whether it’s violence in relationships, high-risk lifestyles or in some communities a lack of much needed “infrastructure.”
From the Tr’ondek Hwech’in Han Nation in the Yukon, Butterworth-Carr is no stranger to the North having previously held the position of Assistant District Commander for North District. She was also Supt. of the Prince George RCMP and has also served in the Yukon, National Headquarters and Saskatchewan.