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NCJ Number: 68771 Find in a Library
Title: TO HELP MY PEOPLE
Corporate Author: Ontario Provincial Police
Canada
Project Director: S ALLINSON
Date Published: Unknown
Sponsoring Agency: Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Ontario Provincial Police
Toronto, Ontario M7A 2S1, Canada
SRI International
Toronto, Ontario M7A 2S1, Canada
Sale Source: Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

SRI International
The Commissioner
90 Harbour Street
Toronto, Ontario M7A 2S1,
Canada
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: THIS FILM DOCUMENTS THE INDIAN POLICE PROGRAM WHICH HAS RECRUITED 100 SPECIAL INDIAN CONSTABLES TO ENFORCE THE LAW ON THEIR OWN RESERVES IN COORDINATION WITH THE ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE (OPP)
Abstract: THE FILM IS DIRECTED TOWARD INDIAN COMMUNITIES, POLICE FORCES, GOVERNMENT SOCIAL AGENCIES, CIVIC GROUPS, SCHOOLS, UNIVERSITIES, AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC. INDIAN CONSTABLES NOW POLICE THE 58,000 ONTARIO INDIANS SPREAD OUT AMONG 102 DIFFERENT BANDS (TRIBES), WHICH RANGE IN SIZE FROM UNDER 300 TO 9,000 PEOPLE. SINCE THE PROGRAM'S BEGINNING IN 1975, BOTH THE INDIAN COMMUNITY AND OPP OFFICIALS HAVE NOTICED A GREAT REDUCTION IN INDIAN CRIMES SUCH AS ARSON, MURDER, AND ESPECIALLY ALCOHOL-RELATED OFFENSES. THE SPECIAL CONSTABLES RECEIVE THE SAME TRAINING AS ANY OTHER OPP OFFICER; I.E., LEARNING THE CRIMINAL CODE, THE LEGAL LICENSE ACT, AND HOW TO USE WEAPONS AND OTHER POLICE EQUIPMENT. THE OPP SERVES AS A SUPPORT SERVICE BY RESPONDING TO MAJOR CRIMES; PROVIDING PATROL WAGONS, BOATS, AND SNOWMOBILES; AND PATROLLING NORTHERN, ISOLATED BANDS OF APPROXIMATELY 4,000 PEOPLE WITH TWO AIRPLANES CONSTANTLY IN FLIGHT OVER THE EXTENSIVE ACREAGE OF THE PROVINCE. THE PROGRAM STRESSES COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT RESULTING IN INDIAN ACCEPTANCE OF AND RESPECT FOR WHITE MAN'S LAW, AN UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN INDIANS AND THE OPP, PREVENTIVE POLICING, EXPANDED OPP PRESENCE IN NORTHERN AREAS, AND IMPROVED LAW ENFORCEMENT AND LAW EDUCATION FOR INDIANS. A BROCHURE IS INCLUDED.
Index Term(s): Crime prevention measures; Ontario; Police community relations; Police crime-prevention; Reservation crimes; Reservation law enforcement; Tribal police
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