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March 30, 2012 10:20 ET

Governments of Canada and the Northwest Territories Announce Northwest Territories' RCMP Policing Contract to Be Renewed

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 30, 2012) - Canada's Public Safety Minister, Vic Toews, and the Northwest Territories' Minister of Justice, Glen Abernethy, today announced that the federal and territorial governments have reached an agreement to renew the Northwest Territories' RCMP policing contract for another 20 years.

"Today is a significant milestone for RCMP Contract Policing," said Minister Toews. "I am very pleased to announce that the Government of Canada and the Government of the Northwest Territories have reached an agreement that will continue the relationship between the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the people of the Northwest Territories for the next two decades."

"Through this new agreement, communities and people of the Northwest Territories will be better served," said Glen Abernethy, Minister of Justice. "It maintains effective policing services while using resources as effectively as possible. We look forward to working in close partnership with the RCMP for the next 20 years."

"Through the new Agreement, the Northwest Territories will have increased input into issues affecting the cost, quality and standards of Contract Policing before decisions are made at the federal level," said Minister Leona Aglukkaq, Regional Minister for the North, Minister of Health and Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency. "In renewing this Agreement for the next 20 years, we have collectively set the stage for a modernized police service model."

The Government of Canada negotiated with all contract provinces and territories for almost four years to arrive at an Agreement that addresses the interests of all parties. The new Agreement addresses key issues raised by the provinces and territories, including governance, accountability, program sustainability and cost containment. At the same time, it will ensure that communities continue to receive the most efficient, effective and sustainable police services possible.

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