Indigenous Policing in British Columbia
RCMP and municipal police throughout British Columbia are committed to supporting diverse cultural communities and managing initiatives and programs for Aboriginal policing.
Indigenous Policing Program
The First Nations Policing Program, announced in June 1991 by the federal government, gives Indigenous communities the opportunity to participate with provincial and federal governments in developing dedicated policing services within their communities. The policy is designed to give Indigenous communities greater control over delivery and management of policing services
Currently, 124 police members provide enhanced service to 141 Indigenous communities in B.C. The services ensure Indigenous communities receive community policing services that are culturally sensitive and responsive to their particular needs. They are intended to improve the level of policing services normally provided by RCMP. Police officers providing enhanced services spend 100 per cent of their time on policing needs of Indigenous communities.
RCMP Indigenous Policing Services
The RCMP has created an Aboriginal Policing Services Branch because of their commitment to contribute to healthier and safer Aboriginal communities across B.C. To learn more about the RCMP`s involvement, visit Aboriginal Policing Services in B.C. - RCMP and Serving Canada's Aboriginal People - RCMP.
Some municipal police departments have policies and programs to assist Aboriginal people. At the Vancouver Police Department, for example, the Diversity & Indigenous Relations Section works with specific communities that have significant public safety issues.