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Aboriginal Liaison 

mkwa (2).JPG1999 saw the creation of the Aboriginal Liaison Officer position within the Uniform Division. Cst. Grant Dokis, a fourteen-year veteran of the Service and an Ojibway First Nations person, was appointed to this role. The unit mission statement provides for the delivery of quality policing that is sensitive to the existing and emerging needs of the Aboriginal Community, and a wide mandate that includes liaising with and maintaining an open and ongoing relationship with the Aboriginal Community in the Region. Through both formal events and informal contacts, the lines of communication between the Police Service and the Aboriginal Community have improved substantially since the inception of the unit. The position embodies the community based philosophy of policing, relying on the knowledge and experience that comes from extensive cultural involvement, grass roots direction, and a hands-on approach to project and program development.

The unit experienced many successes during its first year including the establishment of an Aboriginal Community Police Advisory Committee, extensive contact with various Aboriginal agencies including the N'Swakamok Friendship Centre and the development and delivery of Aboriginal Awareness Training modules for members of the Police Service.

A significant accomplishment of the unit has been to provide an increased mutual understanding both within the police service and throughout the Aboriginal Community. Attendance at various functions has also increased the out-reach program for the recruitment of First Nations Persons to the police service.