The Masset RCMP will soon be hiring an additional member dedicated to policing the Village of Old Massett says Sergeant Jim Vardy.
The funding has come through an agreement between the provincial and federal governments and the local band council says Sgt. Vardy.
The constable will be based on the reserve and he says he will look for a First Nations officer to fill the position, but isn’t sure he will be able find one.
“That will be our first priority, but they are in high demand,” he said.
Sgt. Vardy said there is a shortage of aboriginal police officers and the force is facing a shortage in general in the coming years. He hopes to do some recruiting in the near future. Anyone who is interested in becoming a member of the RCMP could pick up a package at the office.
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