The top Mountie in the Northwest Territories joined the political fray this week as he appeared in front of the legislative assembly’s standing committee on social development.
RCMP Chief Superintendent Jamie Zettler fielded questions from MLAs on a multitude of issues including the lack of Indigenous officers in the NWT.
Zettler says that there are currently four Aboriginal Community Constables in the territory -in Behchoko, Inuvik, Fort Simpson and Fort Good Hope.
He is optimistic about adding more.
Yellowknife Centre MLA Julie Green asked Zettler about the recent situation in Yellowknife which saw a female sexual assault victim jailed rather than taken to hospital.
But Zettler disagreed with her that there is a lack of trust between woman and officers.
Green found that frustrating – suggesting that’s it’s difficult to fix a problem if you are unwilling to admit there is one.
Zettler says he’s committed to raising the bar for policing in the territory but was unable to commit to timetables on initiatives such as hiring more Indigenous officers.