Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice Volume: 54 Issue: 3 Dated: July 2012 Pages: 265-285
This article presents an empirical study on Aboriginal police services in Quebec.
This article presents the results of an empirical study on Aboriginal police services in Quebec. It conducts an inventory of their conditions of operation and it puts into perspective these conditions with respect to the objectives of the First Nations Policing Policy in order to see if Aboriginal police services constitute or not a form of governance. The results show that although Aboriginal police services have - on paper - the same powers and privileges as regular police forces and seem likely to be equally effective, the means at their disposal are much lower than those allocated to other police forces even though they deal with heavier social problems. In fine, the results question the real political will of Federal and Provincial governments to apply the objectives of the First Nations Policing Policy, more specifically to promote autonomy of First Nations. (Published Abstract)