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Native Special Constables Achieve Objective

Martha Ironstar

SASKATCHEWAN INDIAN      MARCH 1981      v11 n03 p22  
Indian people of Saskatchewan are - noticeably - a part of this great county of Canada. Within the national law force are three Saskatchewan natives who recently graduated as Native Special Constables with the R.C.M.P. They have shown their concern for Indian peoples in Saskatchewan by devoting their time and energy to become a part of professional law enforcement.

On January 16th, 1981, these three Saskatchewan natives graduated as Special Constables with the R.C.M.P. - Special Constable Joslyn Wuttunee, originally from Red Pheasant reserve and posted to the Southey Detachment; Special Constable Robert Rabbitskin, from Big River reserve and posted to Meadow Lake Detachment; Special Constable Clayton Lerat from, from Cowessess reserve, and posted to Pelican Narrows Detachment.

The Native Special Constable Program began in January of 1975 with the objective of achieving a positive relationship and communication with natives in Saskatchewan. To date, the program has served it's purpose; within the program there have been new developments such as extension within the Poundmaker and Little Pine reserves where there is policing on reserve on a full-time basis by Native Special Constables. Although there are no statistics available yet, there is a noticeable decline of complaints filed concerning police brutality, discrimination, etc.

When selected trainees go into the Native Special Constable Program, they recieve instruction on care and handling of prisoners; First Aid; Self defense; Swimming; general Physical Fitness; hygiene; Human Relations training such as effective speaking, dealing with anger, etc.; report writing; typing; Crisis Intervention; Dri11; Crowd Control; Firearm use; Driving skills; Academic Orientation; cross-cultural issues; History of the force; Laws such as the Criminal Code; Federal Statutes, R.C.M.P. Act; Restricted or Prohibited drugs; Serving Supoenas and Warrants; Police identification services.

Another R.C.M.P. Indian Special Constable Troop commenced training on January 20, 1981 and are scheduled to graduate on May 8, 1981. The three Saskatchewan   residents in the troop are Ivy Pelletier of Yorkton, Maphena Crookedneck of Loon Lake, and Patricia Dubois of Regina.

There are vacancies in the Program and those interested in applying can contact their local R.C.M.P. Detachment or the Native Policing Section in Regina or jack McLean (359-6457).

S/CST Joslyn Wuttunee
S/CST Joslyn Wuttunee
S/CST Clayton Lerat
S/CST Clayton Lerat
S/CST Robert Rabbitskin
S/CST Robert Rabbitskin