Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Indigenous Leaders Praise Saskatoon's New Police Chief, Note His Metis Heritage

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Indigenous Leaders Praise Saskatoon's New Police Chief, Note His Metis Heritage

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Troy Cooper sworn in as Saskatoon police chief

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SASKATOON - Troy Cooper has been sworn in as the new chief of the Saskatoon Police Service.

The veteran officer from Big River, Sask., stood at city hall Wednesday before family, friends, police and community leaders in a ceremony rich with Indigenous tradition.

During the swearing in Cooper was wrapped in a ceremonial blanket by Saskatoon Tribal Council Chief Mark Arcand.

Cooper, who is Metis, says one of his main goals will be to work closely with the Indigenous community.

Another top priority will be crime prevention and cracking down on the drug trade.

He says the increasing trend in property crime in Saskatoon and the surrounding area is fuelled by addiction to cocaine, crystal meth and fentanyl.

"These drugs provide an economic base for street gangs, they create paranoia that results in weapon possession," he said. …

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