Frog Lake, Alta - Deputy Commissioner Curtis Zablocki, Commanding Officer of the Alberta RCMP, attended a ceremony in Frog Lake First Nation on Friday, Oct. 2, to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Chief Greg Desjarlais to add an Enhanced Policing position to the Frog Lake community. Once the MOU was signed, there was an official cutting of the ribbon to signify the opening of the Frog Lake satellite office.
The Frog Lake First Nation community is located within the larger district of Elk Point where a new RCMP detachment was opened last year. Earlier in 2019, the Frog Lake First Nation elected a new council and Chief Greg Desjarlais, who has been working collaboratively with both the RCMP and the community. The Enhanced Policing position will allow the RCMP to be proactive and have a member present onsite to serve the people of the Frog Lake community.
"I was honoured to take part in the opening of the Frog Lake First Nation RCMP satellite office, and I thank the Chief, council and citizens of Frog Lake for their commitment to safety in their community. When police and communities come together like we have done in Frog Lake, we have greater opportunities to work together, learn from each other and build stronger relationships with the people we serve."
- Deputy Commissioner Curtis Zablocki, Commanding Officer of Alberta RCMP
"I thank our creator for another beautiful day and allowing us to wake up. The opening of the Satellite detachment is a huge step in a working relationship between the RCMP and the Frog Lake First Nation as per Treaty. We want our members to feel safe and by adding this station is a step in that direction. I want to thank the Commanding Officer and his staff, Sgt. Henry, our Frog Lake Councillors and our Band Manger William Quinney. We came together during the challenges of Covid and tensions due to racism throughout the country. Our people deserve better as we are good people."
- Chief Greg Desjarlais, Frog Lake First Nation
Enhanced Policing positions, located in various communities across the province, are additional RCMP resources that are used to augment the basic level of RCMP policing provided by the Province. These positions allow for direct interaction and relationships to be built within the community, typically for a specified purpose.