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North Battleford RCMP Sub-division Superintendent Bob Head said the project had been developed in consultation with the Federation of Saskatchewan Indians, the department of Indian Affairs, the office of the attorney-general, Poundmaker and Little Pine Indian bands, and the RCMP.
The project will be assessed later in the year as to its effectiveness and should it prove successful, may be instituted on other reserves in the province and country added superintendent Head.
It is the first of a new style policing in Canada stated the superintendent during the official opening ceremonies.
RCMP assistant commissioner Bob Mills, on hand from Regina, described the event as an historic day for the two Indian reserves and the RCMP.
Two RCMP officers, Constable Brian Bellegarde and Constable Ernie Cameron will live and work on the Indian reserves, situated about 40 miles west of North Battleford.
Both are Indian Special Constables, and will concentrate their policing efforts on more crime prevention than after-the-fact work. A small trailer-cabin complete with limited office space and a short term lock up facility, will function as the sub-detachment headquarters.