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Former Atikamekw police chief gets 6 years for sexual assault


Jean-Paul Néashish was found guilty of a series of sexual assault charges in December. (ICI Radio-Canada)

Jean-Paul Néashish is guilty of sexual assault of five women, including three who were under 14

By Marika Wheeler, CBC News, October 11, 2016

The former police chief of an Atikamekw community northwest of Quebec City was sentenced Tuesday to six years in prison for sexually assaulting five women over a 40-year period. Read the rest of this entry

Tsuut’ina break ground on new police building

tsuut-ina-police shoovelsConstruction expected to start Aug. 1 to be completed by end of 2016

By Dave Dormer, CBC News, July 26, 2016

Ground was broken Tuesday on a new headquarters for Tsuut’ina Nation Police.

It’s a long awaited facility for a growing force that currently shares space with a daycare and has some cells in a trailer, according to Tsuut’ina Chief Roy Whitney.

He said work on the roughly $5 million project — being funded by the Tsuut’ina Nation — is expected to begin Aug. 1 and be completed within six months. Read the rest of this entry

Safety officers to replace First Nation band constables

Band constable Gary Wass of Garden Hill FN, northern Manitoba.

Band constable Gary Wass of Garden Hill First Nation, northern Manitoba.

Manitoba will create a new policing program for 31 First Nation communities to replace the Band Constable Program being cancelled by the Harper government.

Legislation to create the First Nations Safety Officer Program was introduced Wednesday by Justice Minister James Allum.

Allum said under the proposed program, safety officers will be responsible for law enforcement, emergency response, promoting crime prevention, assisting RCMP and directing community members to appropriate social service agencies. Read the rest of this entry