OTTAWA - A Senate committee recommends the RCMP amend its code of conduct to explicity define and prohibit harassment.
Currently the behaviour is dealt with under the umbrella of disgraceful conduct.
In a newly tabled report, the senators say spelling out the prohibition in direct language would avoid ambiguity.
Several RCMP officers have complained of abusive behaviour and intimidation since Cpl. Catherine Galliford went public in 2011 with allegations of harassment.
The Senate committee also recommends a zero tolerance policy against harassment within the national police force.
Legislation awaiting royal assent gives the RCMP commissioner authority to establish a new process for the investigation and resolution of harassment complaints.