More Police Officers for First Nations
McGuinty Government Uses Federal Funding To Improve Community Safety
Forty new police constables will soon be working in First Nations communities in Ontario.
The province is receiving $156 million over five years as its share of the federal Police Officers Recruitment Fund. This will enable Ontario to hire up to 329 police officers: 125 for the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), up to 164 for municipal police services and 40 officers for First Nations. The fund supports the efforts of provinces and territories in recruiting additional front-line police officers nationwide who can target local crimes and make communities safer.
- There are nine self-administered First Nations police services in Ontario.
- The OPP also administers policing services in 19 First Nations communities.
- The McGuinty government has committed to annual funding of more than $68 million annually, to help municipalities and First Nations employ more than 2,000 police officers.
“First Nations will be strengthened with the addition of the 40 new constables who will help make Ontario's Aboriginal communities safer.”
“This investment will improve police services in First Nation communities and demonstrates the province's commitment to First Nation policing and safer Aboriginal communities in Ontario.”
“This means increased visibility for community events which enhances everyone's feeling of safety. It will allow us to attend our First Nation alternative justice circles, powwows and other important gatherings. It's also an opportunity for a First Nation youth to become a police officer.”