The Grand Council of the Crees

Opening of the Eeyou Eenou Police Force (EEPF)

Posted: 2011-04-01

Eeyou Eenou Police Vehicle

Today, April 1, 2011 is a historic occasion.  The Eeyou Eenou Regional Police Force, headquartered in Chisasibi, officially begins operations.  The Force composed of eighty Police officers, two Liaison Officers and 18 civilians will be in charge of policing activities in the nine Cree communities plus in the areas of extended jurisdiction.  With the opening of the Cree Regional Police Force, the Cree communities can look forward to top quality police services for their resident populations. Grand Chief Matthew Coon Come states: "This is a historic day for the Cree Nation and with the opening of the Eeyou Eenou Police Force; we have made another step in building the new Cree Nation Government in Eeyou Istchee, James Bay, Quebec. We also thank the Cree Police Commission for their help and input into making the amalgamation a success".

The 1975 James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement created community police forces and the amalgamation of the community Police forces was agreed to by the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) and the Government of Quebec and the Government of Canada in 2002.

The Eeyou Eenou Police Force will be under the command of Cree Regional Authority Police Director Reggie Bobbish. He will be assisted by Inspector Sherman Masty and Captains Lyle Cox, Joe Saganash and Karl Simard.