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Police Inducted Into Queensland Indigenous Clan With Smoking Ceremony

Police in regional areas often talk about the importance of the law being accepted as an integral part of the community.

For officers stationed at Wujul Wujul, an Indigenous community in Queensland’s north, that sentiment has been taken to a new level. Continue reading Police Inducted Into Queensland Indigenous Clan With Smoking Ceremony

Toronto Police Aboriginal Liaison Officers Build Bridges With Community

Building bridges with Toronto’s aboriginal community is a job for a Toronto Police officer such as Const. Michael Jeffrey

“Certainly the walls have been coming down,” the veteran cop, an aboriginal liaison officer working in 51 Division, tells the Toronto Sun on a recent ride-along. “It comes down to respect, that’s where it starts. If you are respectful to them, they’re usually respectful back.”

Being Native himself also helps him to connect with the Aboriginal community, he said.

Jeffrey’s mother was from Kenesatake, a Mohawk settlement near Oka, Quebec — the site of the 1992 Oka crisis.

But Jeffrey knew little about his culture growing up. It wasn’t until adulthood that he began embracing his roots, giving him an identity, he said.

Jeffrey decided to become a police officer 13 years ago after working in Victim Services Toronto as a civilian. The married father of two teen boys was assigned to 51 Division 11 years ago.

“I knew immediately I wanted to work with the aboriginal community,” Jeffrey said.

It’s 10 a.m. and the streets of the city’s most active police division are bustling with a wide diversity of people — professionals off to work, cyclists, nannies pushing strollers, seniors out for a walk, disabled people on scooters, prostitutes out on the prowl and addicts looking for a fix.

Jeffrey has his first encounters of the day with some native people in Allan Gardens.

He chats briefly with an older native women reading on a park bench, then turns his attention to several aboriginal men at the next bench.

One has a bottle of beer tucked behind his back as he sits, the other is standing with one arm tucked against his side preventing the bottle in his jacket from dropping.

But rather than write tickets for drinking in public, he jokes with the men.

Read more in Toronto Sun.

Source: www.torontosun.com