The Prince Albert Police Service is excited to announce a new partnership with the Métis Nation – Saskatchewan, Western Region II, to identify and mentor qualified Métis applicants for a career in policing.
This new program will be modelled after similar recruiting initiatives aimed at encouraging more Indigenous members of the community and surrounding areas to consider front-line policing as a career option. Under the terms of the new agreement, the MN-S WRII will provide $100,000 this year to fund two participants in the mentorship program, and will assist in identifying qualified applicants.
Once selected, the applicants will begin job shadowing and skills development programming under the supervision of the Prince Albert Police Service. Over the course of 20 weeks, the applicants will work on enhancing their skills in areas including critical thinking, writing, communications, the Canadian legal system, and fitness.
During the mentorship program, participants will get an inside look at policing and will learn what it takes to be an officer. Upon successful completion of the mentorship program, the applicants will be hired by the Prince Albert Police Service and proceed to Regina to begin formal training at Saskatchewan Police College.
“As a police service, we are continually working to recruit candidates to our front lines who understand our mandate and our community’s values,” Prince Albert Police Chief Jonathan Bergen said. “By engaging with local community leaders, we can enhance our recruiting efforts and ensure we are identifying qualified candidates who also reflect the community we serve.”
Sherry McLennan, Area Director with the Métis Nation – Saskatchewan, Western Region II, said the organization welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with the police service on the mentorship program.
“The MN-S WRII appreciates efforts by the Prince Albert Police Service to engage with the community on proactive policing initiatives,” Ms. McLennan said. “The mentorship program will be an opportunity to build on our relationship with the police service, and work together to both encourage more Métis youth to consider a career in law enforcement and inspire others in their community.”
Members of the Prince Albert Police Association have expressed their support for the mentorship program.
“The Prince Albert Police Association recognizes the importance of having the police service reflect the different ethnicities in our community,” said Association President Josh Peterson. “We welcome any initiatives that will increase recruitment of quality individuals, and anticipate this program will identify candidates who will not only represent our community with pride but also reflect our community.”
Applications are currently being accepted for the mentorship program. Interested applicants can find application packages on the Prince Albert Police Service website. Further information about recruiting can be found by contacting Sgt. Kelsey Bighetty with the police service at [email protected].
Interested applicants can also contact the local office of the Métis Nation – Saskatchewan, WRII by phone at 306-922-2206, or through their Prince Albert location at 1308B 1st Ave. E. for more information or assistance in applying for this new mentorship program.