“Do not worry if all the candles in the world flicker and die, we have the spark that starts the fire.” (Rumi)
“We need to increase women coming into the force, we need to increase women in the senior executive ranks,” Commissioner Paulson said, explaining his goal is to have “more women in our decision-making process”. He further emphasized, “The value of having women in a Police Role is that you take the interaction with a citizen away from the Force Dynamic, and you put it in the behavior, Thoughtful Dynamic. It is quite a Powerful Force to be reckoned with. We have this sort of traditional notion that we are wrestling people, jumping on people, putting handcuffs on people. The woman’s view of the world is a much more Powerful, Persuasive Force than just an arm around the neck.”
Canada’s Top Cop pledged to increase the number of female recruits, and to promote more women to senior ranks. Commissioner Paulson said he wants half of all recruits to be women within two years to help reach the goal of having a national police force that is 30% female by 2025.
© Samina Iqbal, 2014