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First Native RCMP Troop Graduates

SASKATCHEWAN INDIAN      MARCH 1989      p06  
On March 10, 25 Native peace officers joined over 15,000 R.C.M.P. when they graduated in Regina, to the Regular Forces of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

"This is the first time in the history of the R.C.M.P. that a troop of Native Special Constables will graduate to Constable Status, said Corporal Roch Garneau, of the R.C.M.P. As regular members of the force, the constable will now be eligible for promotion based on merit and qualifications. "Any ambitions are open to them," said Garneau "all the way to commissioner rank."

The constables, who come from across the western province and the territories, are now subject to transfer any place where they are needed by the Force and the community.

The 23 men and two women whose experience range from two to fifteen years as Special Constables, had to meet the same qualifications as all other regular members of the Force. No special allowances were made for them.

The graduates bring the number of Native peace officers to the regular forces to 154. There are 178 Native Special Constables in Canada.

First Native RCMP graduates

Seated: M.D. E. Blackbird, R.L.J. Mercier, Supt. A. Antoniuk, Insp. R.G. Lagimodiere, Cpl J.D.B. Hudon;
First Row: C. Andrew, E. Thomas, K.J. Jules, W. James, A.T.G. McIvor, S.L. Spavier, C.N. Lerat, E.J. Kytwayhat;
Second Row: J.D.F.A. Ladouceur, L.A. Weeseekase, G.M. Ryan, D.A. McLeod, K.L. Watson, H.R. Black, R.W. Sinclair;
Third Row: A.G. Wolfe, D.C. Fontaine, T.A.K. Bannon, L.T. Goodwill, C.G. Lerat, B.R. Auger, R.W. Ogemow, E.S. Paul.
Missing: W.R. Gauchier.