In late 2007 the Timmins Police Service contacted several Aboriginal Elders and various Aboriginal community agencies to begin the process of establishing the Timmins Police Service Aboriginal Advisory Committee. Within only a few short months the Timmins Police Service Aboriginal Advisory Committee came into fruition.
The members of the Timmins Police Service Aboriginal Advisory Committee are volunteers from various Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal agencies within the city of Timmins. The Timmins Police Service Aboriginal Advisory Committee is comprised of representatives from the following agencies:
Cheryl Macumber (Elder)
Darlene Lafontaine – Chair (Wabun Tribal Council)
Chief John Gauthier (Timmins Police Service)
Constable Nicholas Osborne (Timmins Police Service)
Antoine Vezina (TEDC)
George Edwards (Nan Legal)
Feather Luke (Timmins Public Library)
Jamie Davie (DSBONE)
Marlene Lamarche (Northern College)
Michelle Leigh (DSBONE)
Sarah Melenchuck (Kunowanimano)
Richard Aubin (Metis Nation of Ontario)
Tammy Gregoire (NAPS)
Vicky Chilton (Misiway)
The Timmins Police Service Aboriginal Advisory Committee was established to improve and enhance communication between the Aboriginal community, including local and regional Aboriginal organizations and the Timmins Police Service.
The Timmins Police Service Aboriginal Advisory Committee will assist the Timmins Police Service in developing strategies to bring together the Aboriginal community and the Timmins Police Service while enhancing partnerships to ensure a safe and secure community. These partnerships will assist in the Timmins Police Service’s commitment to achieving the highest standards of police service delivery.
The goal of the Timmins Police Service Aboriginal Advisory Committee is to foster a healthy and positive relationship between Aboriginal people and the Timmins Police Service in the delivery of law enforcement and effective crime prevention.
The strategies of the Timmins Police Service Aboriginal Advisory Committee is to:
- Liaise with community members and organizations to determine existing problems and assess the needs as perceived by the Aboriginal community in the delivery of law enforcement and crime prevention.
- Consult with the Timmins Police Service through its representatives on the problems and needs to achieve solutions.
- Educate community members and police representatives to bridge the cultural gap.
- Provide a forum for ongoing discussion of existing and emerging issues.
For further information or assistance Aboriginal Liaison Officer, Constable Osborne can be contacted at (705) 264-1201 extension 8276.