RCMP ‘Aboriginal Community Constables’

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have announced a new ‘Aboriginal Community Constable’ program that will see ACCs deployed in Manitoba, Alberta, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut.   The pilot program is an effort by the RCMP to improve their poor relations with Indigenous peoples across the country, which includes scores of police killings, assaults, and sieges of Indigenous communities since its inception.  The following press releases are from the RCMP.

First troop of Aboriginal Community Constables graduate from RCMP ‘Depot’

http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/news-nouvelles/2011/04-12-acc-gca-eng.htm

OTTAWA, ON – April 12, 2011 – The first troop of Aboriginal Community Constables from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) will graduate today during a ceremony at RCMP Academy, “Depot” Division in Regina, Saskatchewan.

An Aboriginal Community Constable (ACC) is an armed, uniformed peace officer at the rank of Special Constable. Their primary focus is to engage their communities in active crime prevention/reduction and to build positive relationships between their communities and the RCMP. ACCs will enhance, not replace, the work of general duty RCMP constables; they will have the capacity to provide tactical, enforcement and investigational support to other RCMP officers if required.

Among other qualities, these cadets will bring to our organization linguistic, cultural and community skills and knowledge that go beyond those taught at Depot,” says RCMP Commissioner William Elliott. “Aboriginal communities identified a need for an alternate service delivery and we believe that the ACC pilot program will help answer that need.”

The ACC pilot program is part of the RCMP’s ongoing commitment to the Aboriginal Strategic Priority. Following graduation, the new constables will return to their communities in Alberta, Manitoba, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories to begin their new assignments.

Wearing the renowned RCMP Red Serge uniform for the first time this week will be:

  • Lawrence Jackson – Piikani FN, Alberta
  • Kyle Boisvert – Thompson , MB
  • Robert Cleveland – Thompson , MB
  • Lawrence Letander – Gypsumville , MB
  • Ryan Linklater – Nelson House, MB
  • Adrian Pilakapsi – Rankin Inlet , Nunavut
  • Steven Beck – Hay River , NWT

Commissioner Elliott, along with Commanding Officers and representatives from RCMP Aboriginal Policing Services will attend the ceremony as well as several provincial/territorial Ministers of Justice, the Chief of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation, the Chief of the Piikani Nation, the Grand Chief of the Assembly Manitoba Chiefs and the president of the Manitoba Metis Federation.

aboriginal community constable

http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/aboriginal-autochtone/acc-gca-eng.htm

On April 12, 2011, the first troop of cadets from the RCMP’s Aboriginal Community Constable (ACC) pilot program graduated from RCMP Academy, “Depot” Division in Regina, Saskatchewan.

An ACC is an armed, uniformed peace officer at the rank of Special Constable. Their primary focus is to engage their communities in active crime prevention/reduction and to build positive relationships between their communities and the RCMP. ACCs will enhance, not replace, the work of general duty RCMP constables; they will have the capacity to provide tactical, enforcement and investigational support to other RCMP officers if required.

The ACC pilot demonstrates the RCMP’s strengthened commitment to the Aboriginal Strategic Priority. The program will allow the RCMP to attract, develop and retain persons with specific linguistic, cultural and community skills that go beyond those taught at Depot. This will enable the RCMP to tailor our policing services to specific, community-identified, needs.

The ACCs will return to their Aboriginal communities in Manitoba, Alberta, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut to help build better relationships between these communities and their police.

Pending the results of a thorough formal evaluation of this pilot, the Aboriginal Community Constable option may be available to additional communities across Canada. If the ACC pilot is not found to be sustainable, the pilot provinces and territories have agreed to absorb the ACCs.

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