06/21/2012 09:35 EDT | Updated 08/21/2012 05:12 EDT

College, First Nation team up to train police officers for Manitoba's north

WINNIPEG - Assiniboine Community College has teamed up with St. Theresa Point First Nation to offer police training in the North.

A first class consisting of 20 students from the communities St. Theresa Point, Garden Hill and Wasagamack began a 33-week training course on the reserve earlier this month.

The provincial and federal governments are funding some of the costs of the satellite program.

Justice Minister Andrew Swan says the training will prepare recruits to apply with community police forces or the RCMP.

He says the graduates will understand the needs of the communities they will be serving.

Assiniboine Community College has offered a police training program for six years. Its graduates have mainly gone on to work with the Brandon Police Service.

(Winnipeg Free Press)