Top Mountie tasked with modernizing and reforming R.C.M.P. culture

The Trudeau government has issued Canada's new top Mountie her marching orders.

Commissioner Brenda Lucki is being directed to modernize and reform the RCMP's culture, protect employees from harassment and workplace violence, and foster reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.

The government also wants her to make the national police force representative of Canada's diverse population by embracing gender parity and ensuring that women, Indigenous members and minority groups are better reflected in positions of leadership.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says in a mandate letter to Lucki that it's important ``Canadians see themselves reflected in the people that police them.''

The letter says another priority will be implementing measures to improve health and wellness in the RCMP, after an auditor's report found the force was failing to meet the mental-health needs of its members.

Last month the 53-year-old Lucki became the RCMP's first permanent female boss, inheriting a force still grappling with ingrained problems of bullying and harassment.