Top cop vows crackdown on harassment

Former head of detectives in Surrey, Craig Callens, is named new officer in charge of B.C. RCMP.

A crackdown on harassment is being promised by the new officer in charge of the RCMP this week.

Newly appointed Assistant Commissioner Craig Callens – who used to the the head of detectives for Surrey RCMP – said his first order of business is to take on allegations of bullying and harassment made by female officers.

The force in British Columbia is the largest in the country and includes about 6,000 officers.

The RCMP has been pummelled by problems, the most recent being allegations of sexual harassment and bullying by female officers.

Callens said at a news conference Friday that while Mounties need to focus on stopping crime, there also needs to be an improvement in members’ behaviour.

He said part of his job will be to “ensure that we are taking decisive action to deal with those that don’t meet our expectations and the expectations of British Columbians, and as I’ve indicated, modify that behaviour, or remove those individuals from the organization.”

Callens joined the RCMP in 1985, the third generation of Mounties in his family.

He has spent his career in B.C. working on major investigations including homicides.

~with files from CTV News