On Monday July 25, 2022, four new police recruits were officially sworn in as officers with the Prince Albert Police Service. Deanna McKay, Kaytlyn Chickowski, Calvin Schneider, and Nolan Johnson will begin training in Regina next week at Saskatchewan Police College.
The swearing in ceremony marks a successful partnership between the Prince Albert Grand Council (PAGC) and the Prince Albert Police Service to promote recruiting and support applicants as they work toward a career in public safety. Deanna McKay has been working with our police service for several months through the PAGC mentorship program, which included working with our Community Policing and Proactive Policing units across our community.
PAGC Grand Chief Brian Hardlotte attended the swearing in ceremony Monday and said the partnership with PAPS has been a successful initiative for both organizations.
“I’m very glad to see the Prince Albert Grand Council Urban Services and Prince Albert Police Service’s police mentorship initiative a success. It is a partnership in recruiting and preparing Indigenous people to become Police Officers and serve the community. Congratulations Deanna and we’re looking forward to the continued success of this partnership.” Grand Chief Brian Hardlotte said.
Deputy Chief of Police Farica Prince said the partnership with the PAGC is a critical initiative that advances our efforts to reflect the community we serve and ensures our organization is inclusive, while valuing intersectionality.
“The steps in the recruiting process are strenuous and difficult to navigate. I’m proud that Deanna, Kaytlyn, Calvin and Nolan have made it here, they’ll bring their unique perspectives and experiences to our organization and join many dedicated and hard working team members on patrol. All four of our new recruits call Prince Albert home and have deep roots here. That’s important when considering retention but also, when there’s a historical care and commitment to the community, that’s good for the organization, the people within and the people we serve.” Deputy Chief Prince said.
The Prince Albert Police Service has also previously partnered with the Métis Nation – Saskatchewan WR2 on recruiting initiatives. Two participants with first the Métis Mentorship Program were hired as new police recruits in December 2021 following the successful completion of the six-month mentorship program and recently graduated from Saskatchewan Police College.