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Comparing APS Annual Reports 2015-2017
Posted: Jan 23, 2018

COMMUNITY POLICING IN SAGAMOK

Reviewing Annual Reports of the Anishinabek Police Services & Scanning for Sagamok-relevant content

APS Annual Report 2016-2017               APS Annual Report 2015-2016


Robert Porter   Sagamok Anishnawbek News            January 23, 2018

 

The purpose of this piece is to bring you a series of snapshots of Sagamok Anishnawbek's community policing over time, creating sketches of the community in relation to Investigations, community profiles, professional standards & quality assurance, calls for service (statistics) and offences & non-offences (statistics) over the course of the last 3 years.  

 

Investigations

There were a number of major investigations completed in the region in 2016. On the 16th of February 2016 officers responded to the Sagamok First Nation after receiving a report of a person being shot with a firearm. Officers from across the region with assistance of the Ontario Provincial Police and APS crime unit were able to bring the incident to a successful conclusion. Two persons were arrested and charged and remain before the courts. The victim made a full recovery

In the summer of 2016 officers with the Sagamok Detachment along with the APS crime unit ran an undercover project targeting he sale of illegal drugs on the Sagamok First Nation. Officers successfully made purchases of illegal drugs that resulted in the arrest of 12 persons.

APS Annual Report 2016-2017   p13 - 14

 

Community Profile

Sagamok Anishnawbek The community of Sagamok is located to the south of Massey Ontario on the Northshore of Lake Huron.

There are approximately 1700 persons living on reserve making it the most populated community. There are also a large number of young persons under 25 in the community. Officers answered 1151 calls for service in 2015. Sagamok has great community resources for officers dealing with charged persons, persons with addictions and/or mental illness. Calls for service and criminal charges have declined steadily in Sagamok pointing the hard work of the community and officers. At full strength there is 1 Sergeant, 4 constables and 1 court administrator in Sagamok.

APS Annual Report 2015-2016   p13 & 14

Sagamok Anishnawbek Sagamok is located south of Massey Ontario on the north shore of Lake Huron. It is home to 1563 people making it our largest reserve. They have a detachment with a full time court administer. At present they have 4 constables and 1 Sergeant assigned. They answered 1181 Calls for service in 2014. Geography is also a concern for Sagamok as court matters are heard in Espanola or Sudbury making drive time a real issue.

APS Annual Report 2015   p15

 

Professional Standards & Quality Assurance

Acting APS Inspector Barry Petahtegoose with APS Professional Standards and Quality Assurance

Aanii, I am Acting Inspector Barry Petahtegoose for the positon of APS Professional Standards and Quality Assurance. My policing career began in January 1993 in my home community of Atikameksheng Anishinabek (formally Whitefish Lake First Nation). In February 2006 I was the successful candidate for the position of Detachment Commander for Sagamok and I have worked for APS and the community of Sagamok Anishinabek for over 10 years. In July 2014 I was one of two Sergeants selected to undertake an acting role for Professional Standards investigator which allowed for career development and experience. I completed the acting role in February 2015 and then moved back to my role as the Detachment Commander. In January 2016 I began my role as the Acting Inspector for PSB and will continue until the end of August 2017, at which time I will be on a 6 month secondment with the Greater Sudbury Police Service to enhance my skills as an Inspector.

The Professional Standards investigator has a vital role to play in the administration of the APS. The Professional Standards investigator oversees and provides direct investigative support to the individual Police Detachments. The Professional Standards Officer ensures that public complaint investigations are consistent with Anishinabek Police Service (APS) Code of Conduct and Professionalism and that accountability is provided to not only the Police Chief but all staff members of the APS and the member First Nations maintaining the intent of the APS Mission Statement. The position oversees quality assurance measures (audits) on behalf of the Police Chief and is responsible to identify areas of risk that jeopardize effective and efficient policing by identifying areas of policy that require amendments to ensure effective and efficient policing.

When I began my role as the investigator I committed to ensure all investigations are completed in a timely manner and all investigations are investigated thoroughly. I trust that APS Officers will know that thorough and fair investigations will be undertaken by myself. My job is to ensure APS continues with developing high quality, professional police officers to serve our member communities.

During my development with Professional Standards I attended training for Adjudicator and Prosecution with Morris Elbers Inc. and successfully completed training for Professional Standards Prosecutors/Police Association Representatives through Georgian College.

For the period of July 2014 and July 2017 during my development with PSB I had investigated 40 PSB case files.

APS will not be impacted by the proposed changes identified in the March 31, 2017 release of Justice Tulloch’s Ontario Police Oversight Review on how discipline is handled under the Police Service Act until the decision of adopting the Act is finalized. Proposed changes on how discipline of officers is investigated will be a short learning curve for all APS sworn officers as our current Code of Conduct is similar in some ways. An enhancement of two dedicated investigators along with a supervisor to the Professional Standards and Quality Assurance Unit would be a benefit to the overall organization

APS Annual Report 2016-2017   p18

 

Aanii, I am Acting Inspector Barry Petahtegoose for the positon of APS Professional Standards and Quality Assurance. My policing career began in January 1993 in my home community of Atikameksheng Anishinabek (formally Whitefish Lake First Nation). In February 2006 I was the successful candidate for the position of Detachment Commander for Sagamok and I have worked for APS and the community of Sagamok Anishinabek for over 10 years.

In July 2014 I was one of two Sergeants selected to undertake an acting role for Professional Standards investigator which allowed for career development and experience in a different field of policing. I completed the acting role in February 2015 and then moved back to my role as the Detachment Commander. The short stint from July 2014 to February 2015 allowed me to gain valuable experience in the role of Professional Standards investigator. In January 2016 the Acting Inspector position became vacant and the job was offered to me to which I accepted. I will continue as the Professional Standards investigator until January 2017.

The Professional Standards investigator has a vital role to play in the administration of the APS. The Professional Standards investigator oversees and provides direct investigative support to the individual Police Detachments. The Professional Standards Officer ensures that public complaint investigations are consistent with Anishinabek Police Service (APS) Code of Conduct and Professionalism and that accountability is provided to not only the Police Chief but all staff members of the APS and the member First Nations maintaining the intent of the APS Mission Statement. The position oversees quality assurance measures (audits) on behalf of the Police Chief and is responsible to identify areas of risk that jeopardize effective and efficient policing by identifying areas of policy that require amendments to ensure effective and efficient policing.

When I began my role as the investigator I committed to ensure all investigations are completed in a timely manner and all investigations are investigated thoroughly. My commitment is to complete investigations with 120 days from the time of receiving the compliant. I trust that APS Officers will know that thorough and fair investigations will be undertaken by myself. My job is to ensure APS continues with developing high quality, professional police officers to serve our member communities

APS Annual Report 2015-2016   p18

 

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Find out more about Anishinabek Police Services by visiting their website at https://www.apscops.org


 

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