What are the chances of that happening?
I hope zero.
Policing isn't the same as Emergency Medicine, where it absolutely makes sense to have an established knowledge base that takes approximately 'X' amountof time to learn & practice in a classroom/field setting.
We have applicants that come from all kinds of economic, social, cultural, and work backgrounds - hiring the right mix of that is what can potentially give police services some real advantages when dealing with a variety of unique situations.
Former long haul truck driver is going to know where to look to see if a truck is road worthy. Someone who speaks Punjab will have infinitely more success when conversing with citizens who prefer to speak that language. Someone who worked in a morgue for a few years will know all kinds of quirky little things about dead bodies that could prove extremely valuable in certain investigations. Etc etc
By creating a requirement for all new applicants to have a 3 year degree, regardless of their life experience & personal qualities, we would drastically slash the number of potentially interested applicants...and the number of good applicants walking in the door these days is LOOOOOWWWWW.
Plus with Depot, you get a consistency in the training each new constable receives. If you have new constables starting to work patrol that come from 2-3 college style institutions, there will be some element of inconsistency as a result, somewhere.
Not to say anything of the HUGE amounts of policing experience the RCMP Depot instructors bring to the table, and how much that personal experience greatly improves the quality of officers as an end result.
Textbooks alone can't tell you about the time they went on this type of call and X, Y, or Z happened.
And finally, it would be a catastrophic blow to institutional pride. Every RCMP officer knows that every other RCMP officer has 'been there, done that' in Depot.
The traditions have been long established, posting 'pathway' throughout career is generally well understood and followed, and pride in the history of the organization & reputation of the organization is more or less shared by its members.
Removing any of that from the RCMP culture is a horrible idea, I can't stress that enough.
I think the Commission is out to lunch personally, and there's a good chance it was being ran by a stupid person. (If current government trends remained consistent)
How would a 3 year degree have helped one little bit when this situation started to happen?