Working together for safety

The federal government announced earlier this year it plans to spend $291 million over five years to improve First Nations policing. First Nation police forces have struggled to keep the peace and safety in their communities on shoe string budgets for decades. Under paid, under funded, much needed equipment goes unbought. Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, had promised an overhaul of the First Nations Policing Program just over a year ago. Program! And that has been the way the federal and provincial governments have viewed First Nations Policing since their creation in 1992. As programs not essential police services. Over the years the “programs” found themselves challenged with budget needs, caught in political funding quagmires and the ire of their communities demanding a police service not…

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