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Fisher Branch Detachment

Fisher Branch Detachment Contact Information:
Box 400
Fisher Branch, MB
R0C 0Z0
Ph: (204) 372-6329
Fax: (204) 372-6021

Location:
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.

Local Population:
Approximately 7000 people.

RCMP Detachment:
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.

Community-based problem solving:

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.There is a Child Abuse Committee 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 in Fisher River and Jackhead.

Jackhead First Nation Child & Family Services: Serves the Jackhead First Nation Community. A member of this unit is an active participant.

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Restorative and alternative justice:

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 trained facilitators within the Rural Municipality of Fisher and our First Nation communities. Several members of this unit are trained as additional facilitators. 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. The contact for Fisher River CJF is Hillary Murdock who works at Fisher River Band Office.

Crime prevention:

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 is a 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. Fisher Branch Detachment has one DARE trained member.

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:

  • SHOCAPS program
  • Rural Crime Watch Program
  • Neighbourhood Watch
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Police-community relations:

Without a solid base upon which to work, the police cannot hope to build the necessary partnerships with the community to prevent crime and to solve community problems. Members of the RCMP strive daily to build those bridges by appreciating the needs of the communities in which they work and live. Their commitment to the community goes beyond simple participation as residents, but also as active members of the community. Members of the RCMP are involved in the following initiatives:

  • Job Shadowing
  • Red Serge Duty & Parade
  • Fisher Branch Collegiate Challenged Student Program
  • Fisher River Youth Drop In Centre

Quality service through strategic partnerships:

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:

  • Koostatak Child & Family Services
  • RM of Fisher, Reeve & Council
  • Koostatak and Kinonjeoshtegon First Nations Chief & Councils
  • Partners in Law Enforcement
  • Lake Shore School Division #23