Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada

May 15, 2008 10:11 ET

Minister Day Announces Over $21.3 Million for 20 Signed RCMP First Nations Community Policing Agreements

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 15, 2008) - The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, announced the signing of 20 Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) First Nations community policing service agreements for communities in Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

These tripartite agreements, totaling over $21.3 million in funding, were negotiated between the Government of Canada, provinces and First Nations under the First Nations Policing Program. The agreements provide for a contingent of RCMP officers that meets the policing needs of each community.

"Every family deserves to live in a safe and healthy community. The signing of these agreements is another example of the Government of Canada's commitment to make communities safer," said Minister Day. "Through these agreements, First Nations communities across the country are provided with dedicated police services."

The First Nations Policing Program is a federal government contribution program managed by Public Safety Canada. It provides funding for policing in First Nations communities over and above the regular policing services that a province or territory funds. Police services are provided by means of community tripartite agreements, and are cost-shared. The Government of Canada contributes 52 percent toward the costs and the provincial or territorial government pays 48 percent.

For more information, please visit the website www.publicsafety.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Public Safety Canada
    Media Relations
    613-991-0657
    or
    Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day
    Minister of Public Safety
    Melisa Leclerc
    Director of Communications
    613-991-2863