Pan-Arctic police meet in Iqaluit to talk crime
Police chiefs from Canada, the U.S. and Greenland will be meeting in Iqaluit this week for the first ever pan-Arctic meeting of police chiefs to look for solutions to high crimes rates within their communities.
Officers in the north tend to see a high level of crime in isolated communities and according to RCMP Chief Superintendent Steve McVamock whether Canada, the U.S. or Greenland the main root of the problem is drugs and alcohol.
"Everybody's impacted by it, and if we don't look to do things different, then all we're doing is recycling the problem."
Nunavut's Deputy Minister of Justice Janet Slaughter, one of the officials from the department that will sit in on the meeting, is eager to hear what the chiefs have to say on a range of issues that can benefit the community.
"Sharing best practices from issues that surround chronic inebriation, chronic offenders, people that seem to be in our court system and in our facilities on a regular basis," Slaughter said.
High on the agenda is exploring new ways to deal with chronic offenders and ways of intervening before high risk youth commit crimes in the first place.
McVarnock is optimistic that there will be a few things learned in the meeting that will directly affect Nunavut for the better. "It's my hope that at the end of the week, at least as Nunavut is concerned, we'll be able to take a few seeds and get together to see if there's something we can do better," he said.