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Island Lake Detachment

Island Lake Detachment Contact Information:
Box 70
General Delivery
Stevenson Island, MB
R0B 2H0
Ph: (204) 456-2290
Fax: (204) 456-2399

Location:
The Island Lake detachment is located on Stevenson Island. The detachment serves the Island Lake region as well as the area between Island Lake and Red Sucker Lake. Policing responsibilities involve four First Nation communities, including: Garden Hill, St. Theresa Point, Wasagamack and Red Sucker Lake. This detachment is unique, as all four communities are accessible only by water or air. An ice road system is used in the winter, and boats are the principal mode of transportation in the summer.

RCMP Detachment:
TrucksOur office consists of one sergeant, two corporals, eight constables and two public servants. Due to the unique policing environment, members make use of a variety of equipment and vehicles. Global Positioning Systems are used when traveling between communities. The detachment has a fleet of five boats, which includes a Jet-Boat, two Kanters, one Metalcraft and one Harbercraft.

BoatsIn winter, members travel the ice roads with four-wheel drive vehicles. Some trucks are kept in various communities for a total of eight 4x4 trucks. Members also respond to some calls for service using snowmobiles and ATVs. Chartered helicopters and hovercrafts are used during the freeze-up and break-up seasons or to access. Other than in the winter, when it can be reached by Winter Road, Red Sucker Lake is only accessible by helicopter of airplane.

Community-based problem solving:

Often, groups are 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:

Garden Hill Child and Family Services (CFS), Wasagamack CFS, St.Theresa Point CFS, and Red Sucker Lake CFS: Members partner with local CFS agencies to work toward suitable solutions in cases of child abuse, violence, and neglect, and in cases of domestic violence. For example, in the case of a spousal assault, there are normally “no contact” or “no communication” conditions set in place. As a result, parents may struggle to find solutions to visitation and custody issues. Another situation that arises is when parents are found intoxicated with children in their care. These are unfortunate examples of our office’s need to call upon CFS for action and assistance, but a clear demonstration of the need for our agencies to work together.

Restorative and alternative justice:

Nationwide, members of the RCMP are involved in alternative justice processes, whether 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.

St.Theresa Point Community Justice System: This Justice Committee is formalized and well operated. It concerns itself with youth intervention, and deals with the problem of intoxicated people in "dry" communities, among other things. The organization liaises with the Chief and Council and the Band Constable Police Chief, and in consultation with the RCMP seeks to more effectively curb problems and provide justice alternatives that are appropriate. Members of this group have been involved with law enforcement and aboriginal community justice. The committee uses traditional healing circles as a peace-making process, and holds tribal court and uses offender/victim mediation as a form of restorative justice.

Wasagamack Community Justice System: A Justice Committee has been established for 2003 in the First Nation of Wasagamack. This group uses community resources in order to develop alternative justice solutions. Local elders, Chief and Council as well as Band Constables all play a role in solving problems related to issues such as drugs, alcohol abuse, and property damage. A member of the Justice Committee attends court proceedings to provide agency recommendations and support/educate community members to better understand the judicial system and how they may be impacted by it. The committee’s leader is consistently in touch with the Island Lake members and therefore a strong rapport and healthy working relationship exists.

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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 and 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:

School Liaison: Members are assigned to each of the schools in our area. These members make presentations and conduct special school programs as requested. The fundamental focus of the liaison is to interact with the students and staff, attend certain school functions, and foster a close-knit relationship with students. Currently, gang violence is a major concern for Garden Hill, St. Theresa Point, and Wasagamack. Thus, Gang Awareness lectures have been provided to students, teachers and members of the general public.

BoatSearch & Rescue: A search and rescue workshop was held in St. Theresa Point, with help from the auxiliary constable. Instructors from Brandon’s Fire College were brought in to teach the course. Community members from St. Theresa Point and Garden Hill took part, and two members from our office attended to learn the search techniques and GPS portions of the course.

Other Crime Prevention Programs include:

  • Check Stops

Recruiting:

Two recruiting presentations were recently held, in partnership with D Division Recruiting, in Garden Hill, the most populated community in the area. The RCMP also typically attends Career Days at local High Schools. Response from attending students is always positive.

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 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:

  • Red Serge Duty & Parades
  • Charity Dances & Bingos
  • Treaty Days & Cultural Events
  • Traditional Aboriginal Events
  • Local Fishing Events

Quality service through strategic partnerships:

ATVsThe community also benefits directly and indirectly from strategic partnerships that the RCMP forms with other law enforcement and governmental agencies as well as with as with other community groups. Several unique associations have been formed:

  • First Nations Chief and Council
  • First Nations Band Constables
  • Manitoba Conservation
  • Transport Canada
  • Native Addictions Drug Awareness Program (NADAP)
  • Department of Justice - Provincial & Federal Crown
  • Court Magistrates
  • Child & Family Services
  • Nursing Stations
  • Department of Transportation - Highways
  • Office of the Sheriff
  • Island Lake Search & Rescue
  • Manitoba Association of Native Firefighters
  • Manitoba Public Insurance