Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former RCMP Officer Says Force Not Doing Good Job Policing, Helping First Nations

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Former RCMP Officer Says Force Not Doing Good Job Policing, Helping First Nations

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RCMP not engaging aboriginals: former officer

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PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. - A former aboriginal RCMP officer says the national police force is not doing a good job for indigenous people.

Cory Lerat, who started his career at the Kamsack Detachment in Saskatchewan and retired in RCMP F Division's employee and management relations, spoke at the Northern Justice Symposium in Prince Albert.

He says the RCMP hasn't "effectively engaged" First Nations communities.

Lerat also says the people and resources to deliver police service to those communities are not there.

The First Nations Policing Program in 1991 and Lerat says the goal was to provide culturally appropriate policing for First Nation communities while providing the same level of service that larger cities such as Prince Albert or Saskatoon would receive.

Lerat says there wasn't enough funding for the program, leading to RCMP officers working in cramped buildings without a proper detachment and not enough manpower to accomplish anything meaningful. …

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