Leaf Rapids, MB
Ph: (204) 473-2944
Fax: (204) 473-2904
The Leaf Rapids detachment is located 212 kilometres northeast of Thompson and 106 kilometres south of Lynn Lake. The detachment also polices South Indian Lake and Granville Lake. South Indian Lake is accessible by an all-weather road and ferry. Granville Lake, another First Nation community, lies 114 kilometres west and is accessible only by boat in the summer and snowmobile in the winter.
The population of Leaf Rapids is approximately 532 people. South Indian Lake has a population of 1,100 people, and Granville Lake has a population of less than 30 people.
The detachment is comprised of one sergeant, one corporal, six constables, and one public service employee.
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:
Town Council: Town council meetings are held on a bi-monthly basis and address concerns regarding policing and our response to calls for service. Presently, the detachment commander is involved with council members in the development of an action plan to combat vandalism, alcohol, break and enter and other property-related offences.
Citizens on Patrol program: Due to the drastic decrease in population, the numbers of home invasions and break and enters have increased. The detachment is encouraging involvement from the citizens to assist with a strategy to prevent these crimes from reoccurring. The COP program recently became active in the Leaf Rapids as well as in South Indian Lake.
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.
Alternative Measures: There are workers appointed in all of our communities that make use of the alternative measures program. Members are encouraged to make use of these resources and to use discretion, education, and alternatives on occasions that permit.
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:
Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE): The DARE program is held each school year at both the Leaf Rapids and Oscar Blackburn school, in South Indian Lake. Members regularly visit the school and speak to students on a variety of topics.
Snowmobile Safety Program and Bicycle Safety Program: Each year, the local school dedicates time for police and civilian volunteers to present safety programs about snowmobile and bicycle safety during school hours.
Leaf Rapids Education Centre - RCMP School Liaison Officer: The detachment has a school liaison officer for the two schools in the detachment area. We actively promote regular contact between police and youth. As well, the liaison officer meets regularly with school staff.
South Indian Lake/Granville Lake - RCMP School Liaison Officer: A member occupies this role in the rural communities of South Indian Lake and Granville Lake. The responsibilities are similar to those listed above.
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:
COPP Liaison Officer: This liaison position was created to help deal with any problems the committee may encounter and improvements it may wish to make and to assist in getting the program off the ground.
Community Policing: DARE is organized and completed each school year at both schools. Members have played hockey, volleyball, soccer, baseball and other activities with students at both schools and will continue same. It allows students and people to see the police in a different light and allows them to meet police in a casual and friendly setting. This event inspires and provokes better relationships between police and members of the community.
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 as with other community groups. Several unique associations have been formed: