Fisher Branch, MB
Ph: (204) 372-6329
Fax: (204) 372-6021
Fisher Branch detachment is located off Provincial Road # 17 in the town of Fisher Branch, in the Interlake region, and is approximately one and a half hours directly north of Winnipeg.
Approximately 7000 people.
The detachment consists of five regular members, one sergeant, four constables, and one public service employee. The detachment maintains a fleet of one car and two trucks.
Often, there are groups already in place to deal with ongoing concerns or community projects. The following details what community challenges are being addressed by the members of the RCMP in partnership with their community. The major working groups include:
Koostatak Child & Family Services: Serves the Koostatak (Fisher River) First Nations Reserve. A member of this unit is an active participant. Similar to the Peguis Child & Family Service multi agency tasks are also held in Fisher River with the primary focus of this committee is to meet as required to share information, deal with cases of child abuse and discuss problems and come up with solutions to assist the community, and more specifically the children in need of protection.
Jackhead First Nation Child & Family Services: Serves the Jackhead First Nation Community. A member of this unit is an active participant. Similar to the Peguis Child & Family Service multi agency tasks are also held in Jackhead with the primary focus of this committee is to meet as required to share information, deal with cases of child abuse and discuss problems and come up with solutions to assist the community, and more specifically the children in need of protection.Return to Top
Nation-wide, members of the RCMP are involved in the daily operations of alternative justice forums, whether it is volunteering as facilitators or sitting on steering committees. Each community may embrace a different form of restorative justice, be it community justice forums, circle sentencing or mediation.
Alternative Justice: The detachment is involved in providing a number of alternatives to the formal court process. In some cases, it may involve allowing parents or school facility to deal the matter instead of a formal court proceeding. Other alternatives would include education, cautioning, or having the violator dealt with by those affected by the nature of the incident.
Community Justice Forums (CJF): Currently there are 41 trained facilitators within the Rural Municipality of Fisher and our First Nation communities. One member of the detachment is an additional facilitator member, with three constables being trained in the near future. CJFs have been entrenched within our school system and have become routine in resolving conflicts. School staff is provided with ongoing training and informational sessions to ensure this program is at the forefront in maintaining a safe environment conducive to learning. As a result, this unit has not sanctioned a charge on a school related incident for a Criminal Code offence in the previous year. As a detachment, we are looking at re-invigorating this process further to form partnerships with Probation Services to expand the program outside the school system to encourage community involvement.
Members of the RCMP are involved with a number of programs designed to prevent crime in our communities through both indirect and direct intervention. From school talks to youth initiatives to community safety plans, the goal of crime prevention programs is to target the roots of potential criminal and social problems. Members of the RCMP are involved in the following initiatives:
Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE): DARE has been one of the most successful initiatives on which Fisher Branch detachment has embarked. This 17-week primary prevention program was developed by educational experts and is designed to provide grades 5 and 6 children with the skills to resist drugs, violence and gangs. As a result of the overwhelming success of the program, students at schools in the surrounding area will receive the course in 2007-08. Two members of the Fisher Branch Detachment are DARE facilitators.
School Liaison: Members from the Fisher Branch Detachment are assigned to each of the four schools in the service area. These members liaise with the school regularly and are responsible for delivery of programs and presentations as requested.
Other Crime Prevention Programs include:
The community also benefits directly and indirectly from strategic partnerships that the RCMP forms with other law enforcement and governmental agencies as well as with other community groups. Several unique associations have been formed: