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Windsor Police Visit Anishinabek Police To Share Best Practices And Discuss New Cross-Training Opportunities

Wednesday December 28th, 2022, 3:17pm

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Chief Jason Bellaire with Chief Jeff Skye. (Windsor Police photo)

Several senior leaders of the Windsor Police Service visited the Anishinabek Police Service Wednesday to share best practices and discuss important new cross-training opportunities.

Windsor Police Chief Jason Bellaire, Inspector Ed Armstrong, Sergeant Kristina Stannard and Constable Bianca Jackson travelled to the Kettle and Stony Point First Nation, located on the southern shore of Lake Huron, to visit the community and meet with Anishinabek Police Chief Jeff Skye and Inspector Marc LeSage.

The leaders from the two police services will discuss the creation of a collaborative training program that will benefit officers from both organizations.

Under the proposed program, Windsor Police officers will have the opportunity to train directly with the Anishinabek Police Service, where there can develop a better understanding of Indigenous culture. At the same time, Anishinabek Police members will have the opportunity to train in Windsor, where they will gain knowledge and experience on policing in more densely populated urban environments.

Planning is also underway for Anishinabek Police Inspector LeSage to travel to Windsor on January 4, 2023, to meet with WPS senior leaders and give a presentation on Indigenous Policing to our recent graduates of the Ontario Police College.

“As a police service, we are continually looking for new ways to bolster our cultural understanding and strengthen our relationships with marginalized communities. Inspector Marc LeSage and I met on a training course in 2017, and over years of dialogue, we have come together with the goal of creating a partnership that will improve training for members at both services. It is our hope that this partnership will encourage mutual discovery and learning. We hope to then leverage that knowledge to improve our approach with community policing strategies in Windsor and Amherstburg,” said Chief Jason Bellaire, Windsor Police Service.

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