News release

Province Invests in Policing at Mi'kmaw Communities

The province is building safer communities by continuing to invest in a successful policing arrangement for two Mi'kmaw communities.

An RCMP officer will continue to have a special focus on policing the Glooscap and Annapolis Valley First Nations.

"This officer delivers a valuable service, and I'm glad that we are continuing to work and partner with Mi'kmaw communities to make their families safe and secure," said Justice Minister Ross Landry.

The officer provides safety and security for the residents, and works to build positive relationships between their communities and the RCMP. The officer will continue to be based at the New Minas RCMP detachment.

"I think it's a wonderful thing, and we need more (police) visibility," said Chief Janette Peterson of the Annapolis Valley First Nation.
"It is very important the Glooscap First Nation community and the RCMP develop our positive working relationship for the betterment of our children and the families we serve," said Chief Shirley Clarke of Glooscap First Nation.

The two communities have embraced the initiative. The officer has been working with the communities for the past two years and has built a solid relationship with residents and Mi'kmaw leadership.

"This is another example of working together. Maintaining this policing position benefits all partners and the entire community," said Warden Diana Brothers of the Municipality of the County of Kings.

The province will fund 52 per cent of the position, the federal government 30 per cent, and the two communities will split the remaining cost.

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The province is building safer communities by continuing to invest in a successful policing arrangement at two Mi'kmaw communities.

Funding for the position comes from the province, federal government and the two communities.

The officer provides safety and security for the residents, and works to build positive relationships between their communities and the RCMP.

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