Indigenous Liaison Officer
Winnipeg Police Service
Cst. Dirk Creighton and Cst Rachel Vertone
Indigenous Liaison Officers
The responsibility of the Indigenous Liaison Officer is to get involved with the Indigenous community both in the urban and rural areas in order to:
- Gain awareness of issues that are occurring and to work directly with these communities to resolve these issues.
- To help educate the Indigenous community with regards to drugs, gangs, personal safety, and for the rural youth what to be aware of on coming to Winnipeg.
- To help build bridges that both the community and the Winnipeg Police Service can travel on in harmony.
- To be part of the Indigenous community in the traditional and the political sense, belonging to their organizations through active participation on boards and various community committees.
Another role is encouraging the recruitment of Indigenous youths to become police officers, and to mentor them to be successful in the process.
To continue to develop new initiatives such as the “ Indigenous Internship Program for Indigenous youths”, in which youth in post-secondary education had a chance to work along side police officers and gain knowledge in the working of the Winnipeg Police Service. This was a three to four month program which is presently under review. To work in partnership with other City departments and outside agencies to establish Indigenous training. To act as a resource for both the Winnipeg Police Service and the Indigenous community.