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Canada’s largest Indigenous police force has never shot anyone dead – Newstalk 1010

by ahnationtalk on July 13, 202013 Views

July 12th 2020

TORONTO – Officers with Canada’s largest Indigenous police force have never shot and killed anyone — and no officer has died in the line of duty.

The Nishnawbe Aski Police Service in northern Ontario is proud of  that record.

Police Chief Roland Morrison says it’s largely due to the fact his officers are often by themselves and know they have little or no backup, especially in remote areas.

Morrison says that because of the environment the officers have to build strong relationships with the people they serve — and also develop strong communication and de-escalation skills.

Erick Laming, an Indigenous P-H-D criminology student at the University of Toronto, says familiarity with the community is crucial.

He notes that it’s harder for outsiders to build the kind of relationships required for effective policing in Indigenous communities.

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