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A few of the items discussed at this special meeting at the Yorkton Legion Hall on June 9, 1972, were: The need for a greater presence of law and enforcement on the reserve, the increased amount of drinking and intoxication, a stepped up counselling service and also some direct involvement from the Indian people, and funds to be provided for a stepped up form of Policing on reserves.
OMISSIONER Ross explained the qualifications needed for the special constable to get into the police force are: at least have a grade eight education, can be married, ambition can be an asset, but they will have a close look at the individual.
The aims and objectives of the force were summarized by Mr. Clark from the Indian Affairs branch. The Indian Constable to be appointed by the band at no extra cost to the reserve. Supernumery constables to be employed by the Indian Affairs Branch and to provide the salary. There is a possibility of providing dollars if there was an agreement between the R.C.M.P. and the Attorney General's Department money to be secured in order to provide a greater number on the force to do preventative work.
The Indian police will be given titles as Special Constables because Commissioner Ross explained, the hiring regulations are different from the R.C.M.P. The commissioner confirmed it would take about five years for a member to be fully trained to the R.C.M.P. level.
Mr. Kujawa from the Attorney General's office further stipulated, the Special Constable would be a member of the R.C.M.P. He would be paid by the R.C.M.P., eligible for promotion, eligible for retirement and other R.C.M.P. benefits. He would be responsible to the force and the force only. The reserve will have no jurisdiction over him.
Commissioner Ross stressed that the Special Constable would have the same type of R.C.M.P. inservice training, wear the same uniform, use the same equipment and assured that he will be treated the same as the other members of the R.C.M.P.
Solomon Sanderson from F.S.I. brought the question of two-way radios to be supplied to the Special Constable. The commissioner assured him that there was no problem in that category.
The question of housing for the Special Constable would be strictly left to the choice of the constable himself. He would live on or off the reserve.
If any of the bands in Saskatchewan have any able bodied men in mind to be trained as a Special Constable, contact your Community Development Worker for F.S.I. He should be able to give you information on how to recruit your man.
Opportunity only strikes but once, take advantage of it while it still knocks.