While Saskatchewan’s top Mountie says policing hasn’t dramatically changed since last year’s mass stabbing on a First Nation, what has is the RCMP’s relationship with the community.
Assistant Commissioner Rhonda Blackmore said James Smith Cree Nation’s new security team has become an extra set of eyes and ears, working closely with RCMP should officers need to be called in.
The 28-member security team was established months after Myles Sanderson, 32, moved from one home to another and attacked people over the Labour Day weekend last year. Eleven people were killed and 17 injured on the First Nation and in the nearby village of Weldon.
“The security group at James Smith has been a very positive interaction for our members out of Melfort detachment,” Blackmore said in a recent interview. “It’s about having that additional level of information whose purpose is to make sure that the community is safe.”
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