Local leadership, plus police presence, can make a big difference in a community

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Joe McWilliams
For South Peace News

When it comes to how much difference a proper law enforcement program can make in a community, there are lots of examples.

One of them is about how a program that started from scratch in 1987 went a long way to reducing some bad things that were happening in a community in the Lesser Slave Lake area. It comes courtesy of Brian Pitcairn, a former employee of the band.

Atikameg had its share of problems – many of them caused by consumption of alcohol. Pitcairn says newly-elected Whitefish First Nation Chief Eddie Tallman wanted to do something about it. The band administration was just being set up and Pitcairn was hired to help run it.

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