Justice Minister Michael Baker took part today, Nov. 25, in theofficial opening of the new Membertou RCMP detachment, the resultof a new policing agreement between the Mi’kmaq community ofMembertou and the RCMP. “I want to congratulate Membertou and the RCMP for their historicpartnership,” said Mr. Baker. “This stands as a model foreffective, efficient community policing. The partners are to becommended for their commitment to providing a police service thatsupports our common vision for safe, healthy communities acrossNova Scotia.” Under the agreement, Membertou becomes the first aboriginalcommunity in Canada to contribute to the funding of an RCMPdetachment. The band will pay 70 per cent of the costs for two ofthe five officers who will serve at the detachment. “Membertou’s initiative to increase the size of the police forcefrom three to five enables Membertou to implement a proactivepolicing strategy designed to foster a safe and healthycommunity,” said Chief Terrance Paul. “This approach willinclude, but not be limited to, community programs such as ayouth advisory committee, school liaison program and drug abuseresistance education.” “The partnership agreement signed today between the RCMP andMembertou demonstrates a sincere collaboration, one of which wecan be proud,” said assistant commissioner Dwight Bishop,commanding officer of the RCMP in Nova Scotia. “With the openingof the Membertou detachment, we have the opportunity to bothserve and receive guidance from the community on a variety ofprograms that will best meet the needs of the area.” The minister of Justice in Nova Scotia is responsible for theadministration of justice. Under the Police Act, this includesensuring an adequate and effective level of policing throughoutthe province.