Alberta Indigenous Policing Services to welcome new members OCN News

Public safety in three First Nations communities will be enhanced thanks to the Government of Alberta.

Alberta Justice officials say the three First Nations police services operating in Alberta will receive enough funding to hire five additional officers each.

The government says the decision was made after finding that the federal government had frozen its First Nations and Inuit policing program.

“Every community in Alberta needs adequate police resources to keep residents safe,” Justice Minister and Solicitor General Tyler Shandro said in a statement. “With this new funding for more officers, Alberta is committed to closing the federal deficit and working with our First Nations partners for a safer province for all who call this land home.”

In addition to recruiting dollars, the province is also providing $150,000 to fill gaps that were created while the services waited for the federal government to reform the program.

First Nations leaders say funding from the Alberta government will help ensure safer communities for Indigenous Canadians.

“I applaud the Government of Alberta for its leadership in funding our police services. Tsuut’ina is very proud of the professionalism of our police. This funding will ensure that our service will be sustainable into the future and grow with our community. Chief Tsuut’ina Roy Whitney said in a statement.

“Albertans should be proud that their provincial government takes community policing seriously. This funding announcement is tangible proof of that.

New officers took office over the next four years.