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The Pas Detachment

Contact Information:
Box 710
The Pas, MB
R9A 1K7
Ph: (204) 627-6204
Fax: (204) 623-5346

The Pas, known as the ‘Gateway to the North,’ is located approximately 620 km northwest of Winnipeg. The Pas RCMP polices three communities; the Town of The Pas, Community of Cormorant and the Rural Municipality of Kelsey.

The Pas detachment polices a large geographical area which includes the community of Cormorant, 82 kms north of The Pas, Wanless 60kms north of The Pas and Clearwater Lake Provincial Park, 24 km north of The Pas.

RCMP Detachment:
The Pas town, rural and Opaskwayak RCMP/FNCPS are amalgamated units that currently have 27 members, seven clerical staff and a victim services coordinator. The Pas town and rural detachments consist of one Staff Sergeant, one Sergeant, three Corporals and 15 Constables. OCN RCMP/FNCPS consists of one Sergeant, one Corporal and five Constables. The Pas detachment has a General Investigative Section (GIS) and an independently run Forensic Identification Unit. The settlement of Cormorant has one Community Constable. Opaskwayak Cree Nation has one Band Constable.

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:

Child Protection Team: This committee consists of representatives from a number of social agencies within the Town of The Pas and Opaskwayak Cree Nation (Social Worker, Child & Family Service worker, school counsellor, police, and probation officers). This committee has recently consolidated to include cases relating to child abuse and neglect from both OCN and the Town of The Pas. The purpose of the committee is to allow different agencies to share information and discuss possible problems and solutions.

Northern Gateway Community Chaplaincy Program: Work began on the Chaplaincy Program in June of 1999 and was organized by the Church Army. The Non-Commissioned Officer In Charge (NCO I/C) has been involved in the program since its inception. Two community service workers from Edmonton were hired and have since moved to The Pas. They work with youth and underprivileged members of the communities. The program is sponsored by the church army, The Town of The Pas, Opaskwayak Cree Nation with the pastor of The Rural Municipality of Kelsey. as the main contact for the program. Our member serves on the Board of Directors. They have also made inroads at The Pas Correctional Centre.

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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.

Community Justice Program: We have a very effective Community Justice Program. Currently, there are eight trained facilitators representing a number of agencies from within the area. A public servant acts as the program coordinator and works with facilitators to ensure that forums run smoothly. One member is a facilitator instructor who has traveled to other communities to provide training for other members and community residents. A number of pre-charge and post-charge cases have been dealt with successfully through this program.

Alternative Measures Program: One member of the detachment sits as a member of the local Alternative Measures Program. The program is coordinated by the local probation office and has a number of community members involved. The program deals with post-charge cases that are referred by the courts for disposition. Members take an active role by providing information to the committee, and responding to questions from the committee.

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:

The Pas & Area Citizens on Patrol Program (COP): COP has been in existence in The Pas since 1993 and has been very successful. During the last few years we have noticed a marked decrease in the number of break and enters within the community. In December 2001, Manitoba Public Insurance became a major corporate sponsor of the program and, over the last year, the local program has been restructured to meet provincial guidelines.

Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE): DARE is a 17-week educational program for students at the Grade 6 level. The program focuses on educating students on the effects of drugs (tobacco, alcohol, and other illicit drugs), and addresses issues such as self-esteem, consequences, and positive alternatives to drugs and /or violence. The detachment currently has five trained DARE instructors.

Neighborhood Watch: To date, 12 watches have been established with a detachment member in charge of the program. This member provides presentations to service clubs and the Town of The Pas and has arranged for the donation and erection of Neighborhood Watch signs.

Safe Grad: The high school in The Pas has chosen to participate in the Safe Grad program. In order to assist in this process, a member from the local detachment acts as a liaison between the school and the RCMP.

Other Crime Prevention Programs include:

  • Crime Stoppers
  • Media Relations
  • Impaired Driving
  • Community Youth Round Table
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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 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:

  • School Liaison
  • Youth & Parent Wellness Symposium

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 as with other community groups. Several unique associations have been formed:

  • Mayor and Council/Chief and Council
  • Victim Services
  • The Pas Chapter of the National Joint Committee of Senior Criminal Justice Officials