More Police Officers For First Nations



    McGuinty Government Uses Federal Funding To Improve Community Safety

    TORONTO, May 7 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Forty new police constables will soon be working in First Nations
communities in Ontario.
    The province is receiving $156 million over five years as its share of
the federal Police Officers Recruitment Fund
(http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/media/nr/2008/nr20080314-2-eng.aspx). This will
enable Ontario to hire up to 329 police officers: 125 for the Ontario
Provincial Police (OPP), up to 164 for municipal police services and 40
officers for First Nations.
    The fund supports the efforts of provinces and territories in recruiting
additional front-line police officers nationwide who can target local crimes
and make communities safer.

    
    QUOTES

    "First Nations will be strengthened with the addition of the 40 new
    constables who will help make Ontario's Aboriginal communities safer."
    - Rick Bartolucci
(http://www.mcscs.jus.gov.on.ca/english/about_min/bio/bio.html), Minister of
Community Safety and Correctional
    Services.

    "This investment will improve police services in First Nation communities
    and demonstrates the province's commitment to First Nation policing and
    safer Aboriginal communities in Ontario."
    - Brad Duguid
(http://www.aboriginalaffairs.gov.on.ca/english/about/bio_duguid.asp),
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs.

    "This means increased visibility for community events which enhances
    everyone's feeling of safety. It will allow us to attend our First Nation
    alternative justice circles, powwows and other important gatherings. It's
    also an opportunity for a First Nation youth to become a police officer."
    - Dave Whiltlow, Chief, Rama Police Service.

    QUICK FACTS

    -   There are nine self-administered First Nations police services in
        Ontario.

    -   The OPP also administers policing services in 19 First Nations
        communities.

    -   The McGuinty government has committed to annual funding of more than
        $68 million annually, to help municipalities and First Nations employ
        more than 2,000 police officers.

    LEARN MORE

    -   About First Nations policing in the province.
    (http://www.opp.ca/Organization/FieldandTrafficServices/opp_008237.html)
    -   Read more about the OPP's Aboriginal Policing Bureau.
    (http://www.opp.ca/Organization/FieldandTrafficServices/opp_000383.html)

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    BACKGROUNDER
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                      FIRST NATIONS POLICING IN ONTARIO
    

    There are nine self-administered First Nations police services in
Ontario. In addition, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) administers the
Ontario First Nations Policing Agreement
(OFNPA)(http://www.opp.ca/Recruitment/FirstNations/opp_008240.html), which
provides policing services for 19 First Nations communities in the province.
    In 1991, the federal government introduced the First Nations Policing
Policy to provide First Nations across Canada with access to police services
that are professional, effective, culturally appropriate, and accountable to
the communities they serve.

    THE FEDERAL POLICE OFFICERS RECRUITMENT FUND

    The OPP, municipal and First Nations police services will hire a total of
329 new officers under the new federal program administered by the province.
    Ontario will receive $156 million in federal funding over five years as
its share of the $400 million Police Officers Recruitment Fund (PORF) which
resulted from a 2006 commitment by Ottawa to put 2,500 new officers on
Canadian streets. Funding allocated to Ontario falls roughly 70 per cent short
of the original federal commitment. The McGuinty government will continue to
lobby the federal government to fulfill its 2006 pledge.

    
    ALLOCATIONS OF NEW OFFICERS TO FIRST NATIONS UNDER THE PORF PROGRAM

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              Name of Police Service                Number of Officers Hired
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    Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service
    (http://www.akwesasne.ca/Police.html)                        2
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    Anishinabek Police Service
    (http://www.apscops.org/)                                    8
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    Lac Seul Police Service                                      1
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    Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service
    (http://www.naps.ca/)                                       11
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    Rama Police Service
    (http://www.mnjikaning.ca/contact.asp)                       1
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    Six Nations Police Service
    (http://www.snpolice.ca/main.html)                           2
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    Treaty Three Police Service
    (http://www.treatythreepolice.ca/)                           7
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    United Chiefs and Council of
    Manitoulin Anishnabe Police Service
    (http://www.uccmpolice.com/)                                 1
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    Wikwemikong Tribal Police Service
    (http://www.wikipolice.com/)                                 1
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    OFNPA (OPP administered)                                     6
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    Total                                                       40
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For further information:

For further information: Laura Blondeau, Minister's Office, (416)
325-4973; Patrice Cloutier, Communications Branch, (416) 326-9195

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