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St. Pierre-Jolys Detachment

St. Pierre Detachment

Contact Information:
Box 430
St-Pierre-Jolys, MB
R0A 1V0
Ph: (204) 433-7908
Fax: (204) 433-3212

Location:
St-Pierre-Jolys detachment is situated 60 kilometres southeast of Winnipeg and covers approximately 1500 square kilometers.

Local Population:
Approximately 40,000 people. It is the only fully bilingual (French/English) detachment in Manitoba. The largest cultural demographics in our region are Francophone and Mennonite.

RCMP Detachment:
The detachment consists of 14 RCMP officers, three public service employees, two municipal support staff, four auxiliary officers and numerous volunteers. Two satellite offices are strategically located in the communities of Lorette and Niverville, which provide public access to policing services on a daily basis outside of the primary detachment in St. Pierre-Jolys.

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:

Community Response Unit (CRU): This unit is a volunteer community organization which responds to residential and business alarms and secures the scene until police arrival.  The community of Ile des Chenes formed the unit in order to assist the local detachment and provide another means of community safety.

Community Liaison:The detachment meets regularly with the following Town Municipal and Community Councils to address the needs and concerns within the respective districts:  the Village of St. Pierre, Town of Niverville, and the Rural Municipalities of DeSalaberry, Ritchot, Hanover and Tache. In addition, police liaise with individual communities as required: (Grunthal, Landmark, Lorette, St.Adolphe, Ile des Chenes, St. Adolphe, Ste. Agathe, St. Malo, Otterburne).  

Winnipeg Child and Family Services: This organization provides services for children in need. There is a CFS satellite office in Steinbach, which provides daily service. Our members have a close working relationship with CFS workers, particularly regarding investigations of sexual child abuse, physical child abuse, and monitoring family court orders where there has been a history of abuse recognized by the courts.

SouthEast Mental Health Services: Situated in Steinbach (20 mins), this organization provides counseling and referral services to clients who have mental health issues. The Mobile Crisis Response Unit will respond 24 hours a day to any residence or our detachment to provide immediate service for clients in need.  The RCMP and Crisis Unit frequently work together in assisting individuals deal with mental health issues.

Eastman Crisis Center: Situated in Steinbach, the Eastman Crisis Center operates Agape House, a women’s shelter. Agape House not only provides shelter for female victims of abuse but also provides counseling services, safety planning for victims, temporary living arrangements following departure, and a general life skills counseling program. RCMP officers have a close working relationship with Agape House sharing a common goal of protecting women and children from domestic abuse.

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Restorative and alternative justice:

Nationwide, 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.

Youth Justice Committee: As an alternative to court, we work closely with three volunteer groups, based out of the Rural Municipality of Tache, the Town of Niverville, and the communities of Grunthal/St. Pierre-Jolys. We are strong supporters of this program and work hard at reducing the level of recidivism amongst offenders. Our investigators are encouraged to use discretion including verbal warnings, written warnings, education, apologies, and restitution. Alternatives to charges under the Youth Criminal Justice Act are encouraged, keeping public interest in consideration.

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:

School Liaison: Each of the St. Pierre Detachment members are formally assigned to one or more of the 20 primary, junior and secondary schools in the service area. Each member is required to deliver relevant crime prevention presentations to students on various topics, as mutually agreed upon with school faculty.

Macdonald Youth Services: Situated just south of St-Pierre-Jolys, this youth center provides a home for Level 5 female young offenders. These five counsellors work hard at rehabilitating these youths in order for them to become productive members of the society. The RCMP encourages and supports their efforts by providing a positive visible presence and presentations on topics such as drugs and the effects on the unborn child during pregnancy, anger management, setting goals, and the importance of education.

Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE): D.A.R.E. is a comprehensive prevention education program designed to equip grade 5/6 students with the skills required to recognize, and resist social pressures to experiment with tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.  The program is instructed by trained police officers and is integrated into the school curriculum. 

Citizens on Patrol Program: C.O.P.P. is a multi agency supported provincial program including the RCMP, WPS, BPS, MPI, Province of Manitoba and Search & Rescue.  Five groups (Grunthal, Niverville, St. Pierre, Lorette, RM Tache) serve the St. Pierre Detachment area in thirteen communities with numerous volunteers ensuring public safety while patrolling the streets and roads of their communities.  C.O.P.P. provides education and awareness to its citizen on crime prevention initiatives and various crime related issues such as auto theft, vandalism and speeding.  They also provide for a deterrence to crime by being visible in the communities in their vehicles, on bike and on foot.  

Annual Policing Priorities: Every year, the detachment engages the community and municipal councils in determining the top three policing priorities for the coming year.  The priorities reflect specific  initiatives based at addressing common concerns which affect the majority of the communities policed.  These initiatives are measured through out the year to gauge the effectiveness of strategies implemented and how well the priority targets are met.  Examples of past years priorities are Traffic Safety, Impaired Driving, Drug Abuse, Community Visibility and High-risk Offenders.

Other initiatives include:

  • Snowmobile Safety
  • Rural Crime Watch
  • Neighbourhood Watch
  • Bike Rodeo
  • Kidz-Printz
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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:

  • Auxiliary Constable Program
  • Community involvement - Fairs/Festivals, Red Serge Duty & Parades
  • Law Enforcement Torch Run
  • Detachment Tours

Quality service through strategic partnerships:

The communities also benefit 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:

  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Niverville Town Council
  • RM of Ritchot, Reeve & Council
  • RM of Tache, Reeve & Council
  • RM of Hanover, Reeve & Council
  • RM of DeSalaberry, Reeve & Council
  • Village of St. Pierre Council
  • Corrections Canada
  • Manitoba Metis Federation (locals)
  • Province of Manitoba