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The struggle to police northern Indigenous communities


Being a police officer in any location is tough, but being stationed in the Canadian North provides a very different set of challenges than those faced by your average cop.

"You might have someone in custody. You have no guards, and then you get another call. Do you refuse the call? Do you take that prisoner and re-lodge them in your vehicle and take them to call?"

In the community of Fort Severn First Nation, Ontario, for example, there is only one officer on duty at a time, which means officers have to get creative if there is more than one call to deal with.


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