SQ Officers in front of the Kuujjuaq police station circa 1980.
The Kativik Regional Police Force (KRPF) delivers regular policing
services with detachments in every community. Community detachments are
composed of three officers, except in Kuujjuarapik, Inukjuak, Salluit,
Puvirnituq and Kuujjuaq, which have respectively four, five, six, seven
and eight officers. The headquarters of the KRPF are located in
The Nunavik Investigation Unit was created in 2009 to promote the
sharing of intelligence and expertise between the KRPF and the Sûreté du
Québec (SQ). With one KRPF member and four SQ members based in
Kuujjuaq, the Unit focuses on drug trafficking and bootlegging, as well
as crimes of a sexual nature. In addition, the KRPF has a criminal
intelligence officer who is mainly devoted to drug trafficking and
bootlegging files. The position is funded through the Ungaluk Program
for safer communities. Part of the officer’s duties involves gathering
information from the communities that could be used to execute warrants
or seizures under municipal by-laws.
The Aboriginal Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (A-CFSEU) is
another joint policing initiative involving the Royal Canadian Mounted
Police, the SQ and Aboriginal police services across Québec.
A tripartite agreement in effect between April 1, 2014, and March 31,
2018, provides funding for KRPF operations. In line with the usual
federal-provincial funding split under the First Nations Policing
Program, Canada has committed to provide 52% and Québec 48% of funding
under the tripartite agreement. A bilateral agreement with Québec for
the same period for the purpose of maintaining police services in the
communities is also in effect.
Some additional funding is received by the KRPF under mandate B.11 of the Agreement concerning Block Funding for the Kativik Regional Government (Sivunirmut
Agreement) for the delivery of guarding services during sessions of the
itinerant court and from other sources for crime prevention activities,
the Cadet Program and officer training.
The financial burden carried by the Kativik Regional Police Force (KRPF)
for guarding and transferring detainees is directly proportional to the
number of arrests, bail hearings and cases heard by the region’s
itinerant court. The costs are in fact estimated to represent 15% of the
KRPF’s operating budget. The KRPF and its partners have so far been
unable to identify immediate solutions to lower these costs. Savings
generated in this area would make available more financial resources for
regular policing services.