Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service makes arrest in Gang Suspect Investigation

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NAPS patrol and area about two thirds the size of Ontario, serving in their communities and area.

Nishnawbe-Aski Police UnitTHUNDER BAY – Crime – On January 10, 2013, the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service Guns and Gangs Unit, Drug Enforcement, Criminal Intelligence and Canine Unit with the assistance of the Ontario Provincial Police Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau and the Thunder Bay Police Guns and Gangs Unit executed a warrant in Thunder Bay which resulted in the arrest of a man from Eabametoong First Nation.

Twenty-seven (27) year-old James Waboose also known as James Rabbit was arrested on two First Instance Warrants originating from Nishnawbe-Aski Police and the Ontario Provincial Police.  Waboose, currently under investigation as being a gang member, also has several outstanding charges that are currently before the courts.  The suspect is currently being held in custody with a bail hearing scheduled for January 11, 2013 in Thunder Bay.

The NAPS Guns and Gangs Unit will continue its efforts in detecting and combating gang activity within the First Nation communities of the Nishnawbe-Aski Nation.

Eabametoong First Nation is located approximately 385 km northeast of Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Nishnawbe Aski Police Service

NAPSThe Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service serves 35 First Nation communities in the Nishnawbe-Aski Nation Territory. Officers police an area that equals two-thirds of the province of Ontario, from the Manitoba border up the James Bay Coast over to the Quebec border. The Service has grown considerably in the last five years and will continue to do so in the near future.

NAPS are looking to hire individuals from the Aboriginal areas they serve, or those individuals who have a demonstrated knowledge of NAPS and for the First Nation people and culture. Applicants are expected to be academically and physically strong and well prepared for the requirements of the Ontario Police College. NAPS expects our officers to relocate to their assigned posting and invest in the community; in turn, NAPS will offer constables the opportunity for growth and development not readily available at other services.

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