“What I learned led me to conclude that a toxic culture prevails in the RCMP. This culture encourages, or at least tolerates, misogynistic, racist and homophobic attitudes among many members of the RCMP,” wrote Michel Bastarache in his final report — “Broken Dreams Broken Lives” — which was released today.
“What the women told the assessors shocked them to their core. This process has forever tarnished the image of the RCMP as a Canadian icon.”
“Might a friend or relative be in danger living with an abuser during these stressful times coping with the coronavirus?”
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When your family are your colleagues and the desert you in your time of need, a time of failed management.
Commissioner Brenda Lucki was a trainer at the RCMP Depot for three years. It is difficult to believe she was unaware of this toxic culture and zero changes have been made as she climbed the career ladder. “RCMP Training Academy for three years.”
Commissioner Brenda Lucki
Brenda Lucki was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, and joined the RCMP in August 1986. During Commissioner Lucki’s career, she has served in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan and at the RCMP Academy (Depot Division), as well as on international peacekeeping missions in the former Yugoslavia.
Her first posting was in Granby, Quebec, where she worked in federal policing, mostly in drugs and customs investigations. In 1993 and 1994, she served on the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) mission in the former Yugoslavia, overseeing criminal investigations and monitoring the delivery of aid and health services.
In 1995, she was transferred to the RCMP’s peacekeeping program in Ottawa, where she trained and selected peacekeepers for the UN missions in Haiti for a year-and-a-half. Following that role, she advanced through the non-commissioned officer ranks, first as an instructor at the RCMP Training Academy for three years, then returning to operations in Manitoba for four years as a supervisor and Acting Detachment Commander.
In 2003, she was promoted to the rank of Inspector and held the post of Traffic Services Officer for Saskatchewan. She stayed in the province for six years, holding the role of Community and Contract Policing and District Operations Officer.
In 2009, she rose to the rank of Superintendent, and became the District Commander for the Manitoba North District. In 2012, she was transferred and promoted to Chief Superintendent, and became the District Commander of a larger area in northwest Alberta.
In 2016, she was named Commanding Officer of the RCMP Academy, and on March 9, 2018, she was announced as the RCMP’s 24th Commissioner.
Commissioner Lucki completed a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and sociology at the University of Alberta in 1996. She also completed the Advanced Program in Management, Leadership and Strategy at the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba in 2012. She is married and has two step-daughters and three grandchildren.
Commissioner Lucki’s career contributions have been recognized through a number of honours and awards, including:
- Order of Merit of the Police Forces (2013) for her efforts to improve relations with First Nations in northern Manitoba
- Queen’s Diamond Jubilee (2012)
- RCMP Long Service medals for 20 years (2006) and 25 years (2011) of service
- Saskatchewan Centennial Medal (2005)
- Commander’s Commendation for her work during the 2002 G8 meetings in Alberta (2003)
- Order of St. John’s Certificate for providing humanitarian assistance at great personal risk in the former Yugoslavia (1994)
- Peacekeeping medals from the UN (1993 and 1994) and Canada (2000); UN Force Commander’s Commendation for exemplary performance and contributions to the UNPROFOR mission (1993)
Hopefully she will comply with the prime minister’s directive to change the toxic RCMP culture. She is two and a half years into that mandate. Let’s expect the change in five years.