MCA Announces New Acting Chief Of Police

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (MCA) is advising the community that the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service’s Chief of Police Jerel (Jerry) Swamp is no longer with the MCA, effective March 3, 2017. MCA would like to thank him for his years of service to the community and police department.

Lee Ann O’Brien has been named Acting Chief of Police and Acting Inspector Ranatiiostha Swamp.

Injury Prevention Reminder: Back To School Safety

Seskeha/August 31, 2016

This time of year marks the return of thousands of children to school in Akwesasne. The Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service would like to remind everyone to be diligent as our children return to their arrival and departure from school routines. Motor vehicle collisions (MVC) remain a leading cause of injury and we aim to decrease the likelihood of school travel related MVC’s and pedestrian injury with some helpful safety tips. Here are a few of the top tips for drivers and parents:

  • Drivers need to be alert and obey the school safety zone regulations, including speed limits and a general awareness that there are small vulnerable and distracted children around schools, routes to schools, and bus stops. Traveling greater than 30-40 km per hour increases the likelihood of driver error and decreased reaction times.
  • Drivers have to always stop for a school bus. Drivers traveling in both directions must stop when approaching a school bus that has its upper red lights flashing. Ontario fines for not stopping are: First Offense-$400 to $2000 and six demerit points, Second Offense-$1000 to $4000, six demerit points and possible jail time up to six months.
  • Drivers are encouraged to decrease distractions behind the wheel, as well.
  • Distracted driving is a leading cause of death on Ontario roads. We need to turn our music down, our phones off, and eat our breakfast before we get behind the wheel to help keep our distractions behind the wheel limited.
  • Education makes a difference. Parents, please teach your children about school bus safety. Remind them to walk, never run around the school bus zones, to look both ways before crossing, to walk at least 10 steps in front of the bus along the side of the road, and to look to the bus driver for the safe to cross signal before doing so.
  • Pedestrian safety is also essential to and from school. Please make sure everyone walking is wearing bright visible clothing in daylight. As our days become shorter, the only way to be seen by motorists is to have reflective elements on your clothing to provide a 360 degree field of vision for drivers to see pedestrians. For cyclists, please ensure you have your helmet on, properly fitted, and reflective tape on your bike as well as your clothing.

For children under the age of eight either walking or riding a bike, we recommend that they are accompanied by an adult on their entire route to and from school and that they are educated on all safe routes before school starts.

Some Areas Where Motorists Should be Cautious for children getting on and off School Buses:

  • Designated Bus Stops
  • Intersections, curves, and stop signs
  • Truck Stop #9
  • Mohawk Council of Akwesasne “Justice” Building
  • Snye Recreation
  • Snye Fire Station
  • Jock’s Store
  • Peace Tree Mall

Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service Chief of Police Jerry Swamp states “Whether driving or walking, please be alert, follow the road safety laws, and help us keep our kids safe.”

Released by: Cpl. Cynthia Lord
Contact: Chief Jerry Swamp
Phone: 613-575-2340
Fax: 613-575-2334

Police Blotter

August 31, 2016

On August 22, 2016 the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service arrested 30 year old Garrett Ross David of Kawehno:ke for an incident that occurred at a residence on Kawehno:ke on August 14, 2016. Mr. David was charged with “Take Motor Vehicle Without Consent” contrary to Section 335(1) Criminal Code of Canada, “Assault” contrary to Section 266 Criminal Code of Canada, and “Assault Causing Bodily Harm” contrary to Section 267(b) Criminal Code of Canada. Mr. David was processed and released to attend court at a later date.

On August 26, 2016 the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service arrested 25 year old Darrell (Debo) Herne on an outstanding Arrest Warrant issued from Bible Hill, Nova Scotia. Darrell Herne is accused of Sexual Assault and Sexual Interference of a youth. Mr. Herne was turned over to RCMP Cornwall Detachment without incident to be transported back to the jurisdiction where the warrant was issued.

The Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service encourages anyone with any information that will assist in their investigations to contact the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service at 613-575-2000 or Akwesasne Crime Stoppers at 613-575-2255.

Help police serve the victims of crime!

Released by: Cst. Robert White
Contact: Lee Ann O’Brien /Acting Inspector
Phone: 613-575-2340
Fax: 613-575-2334

AMPS Media Release

On August 11th, 2016 at approximately 02:50 AM, the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service observed 2 Asian females walking on Kateri Tekakwitha Street, Kanatakon, Quebec. Investigation revealed that the 2 females had originally been transported to a residence, located in Kanatakon, Quebec.

A Search Warrant was executed at the residence. A 29 year old female was arrested and taken into Police Custody.

The female was charged with Assault (x2) contrary to Section 266 and Theft Under $5000.00 (x2) contrary to Section 344 of the Criminal Code of Canada.

On Friday August 12th, 2016, she was released on a “Promise To Appear”, for Court on September 15th, 2016 in Valleyfield Provincial Court, Valleyfield, Quebec. The female cannot be identified until an Information is laid in Valleyfield Provincial Court.

We are all responsible to preserve our community for the next seven generations. If you see a Crime being committed,
please call:

Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service 613-575-2000 (emergency)
613-575-2340 (non-emergency)


Seaway Valley / Akwesasne CRIME STOPPERS 613-575-2255

Niawen Kowa

CRA Scam Callers

Aggressive scam artists are calling area residents advising that local police will be arresting them because they owe money to the Canada Revenue Agency.

The victims are contacted by someone pretending to be with the Canada Revenue Agency and told they owe back taxes and are “wanted” on warrants.

The caller tells the victim that the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service (or “the Police”) will be executing the warrants and arresting him/her if the outstanding taxes are not paid.
Do not provide your social insurance number to the scammer and do not send money.
The Canada Revenue Agency scam is being investigated by the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service.

Anyone who believes they may have lost money in one of these scams is asked to call the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service at 613-575-2340.

Tips to Avoid Falling Prey to Scammers:

  • Do not feel pressured to respond to a request until you have a chance to verify the story.
  • Never transfer money, give out credit card, or other financial information until you can verify the person’s identity and determine whether it is legitimate.
  • The Canada Revenue Agency does not ask for payment via prepaid credit cards or wire transfer, nor does it email Canadians and request personal information.
  • Look up published numbers for the Canada Revenue Agency in the telephone book and confirm the legitimacy of the caller’s story.
  • Do not call numbers provided to you by the person who called you.
  • Do not believe what you see as business logos, websites and email addresses. They can easily be duplicated to look legitimate.
  • Watch for poor grammar and spelling.
  • Hover your mouse over links to check their true destination. If the URL doesn’t match the link or seems suspicious, don’t click on it.
  • Be wary of unexpected emails that contain links or attachments from unknown senders.
  • Never provide personal information like your SIN, bank account information or credit card numbers.
  • Update your computer’s anti-virus software.

The Canada Revenue Agency warns residents that scammers often use threatening language to persuade people to pay fictitious debt. It advises people not to engage in communication. Hang up. The Canada Revenue Agency never leaves personal information on an answering machine. Any message left is a scam.

Police Blotter

The Akwesasne Mohawk Police received a call of structure fire at the cross roads on Kawehnoke, building were identified as the Peoples Fire buildings.

The fire occurred in the early morning hours of May 7, 2016 and the investigation is ongoing. Police are looking for the public’s assistance to any information into the cause of the fire that would lead to the arrest of the culprits.

The Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service encourages anyone with any information that will assist in their investigations, to please contact Police at 613-575-2000 or Akwesasne Crime Stoppers at 613-575-2255.
Help police serve the victims of crime!


Released by: Cst. Robert White
Contact: Chief Jerry Swamp
Phone: 613-575-2340
Fax: 613-575-2334

Safe Borders Initiative

The Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service is participating in the Safe Borders
initiative as announced by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Media
Release on June 6th, 2016.

The Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service would like the community of
Akwesasne to know that there will be no increase in officer presence, nor
will any officers be knocking on doors within Akwesasne. The Akwesasne
Mohawk Police Service will have our Marine Unit patrolling within our
jurisdiction with the focus on border and boating safety.

The Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service is participating in this initiative to
promote Agency collaboration, awareness, and safe travelling within
Akwesasne’s waterways.

Released by: Cpl. Cynthia Lord
Contact: Chief Jerry Swamp
Phone: 613-575-2340
Fax: 613-575-2334

Police Week 2016

Akwesasne – Please join the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service and the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Department in the 2016 Police Week: “Building Community Partnerships”, to be held at Kanatakon Recreation on Monday, May 16, 2016 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. 

The highlight for young children, up to age seven, is a “Power Wheels Race” inside the Recreation Center, and Lacrosse with the police next to the Recreation. Our community is encouraged to join in the event. Don’t forget to charge your Power Wheels in advance! There will even be a free Barbeque.

It is spring time, and should inclement weather be forecast, the rain date for the event will be Wednesday, May 18, 2014 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Same location.

Police cruisers will be on site, giving the public a rare chance to jump into the driver’s seat of a patrol vehicle. Police officers will be present to answer questions from the community. Raffle items will be drawn throughout the evening.

This event kicks-off National Police Week, which runs May 16 – 22, 2016. Police Week is dedicated to increasing community awareness and recognition of policing services while strengthening police and community ties.

Woman Found Unresponsive in Home Located in St. Regis, Quebec

Onerahto:kha /April 26, 2016

The Akwesasne Mohawk Police were called around 7:30 pm, Monday April 25 after a female was found unresponsive in a home located in the village of St. Regis, Akwesasne, Quebec. Officers responded and located a female unresponsive in the bedroom of the residence. The female was transported by Ambulance to Ormstown Hospital where she was pronounced deceased.

Police have identified the female as Tammy Patricia Oakes, 40 of Akwesasne.

Investigators were called to the scene. Police will not know the cause of death until a post mortem examination is conducted later this week. The scene has since been processed and released. Police believe there are no overtly suspicious circumstances associated with Oakes’s death and no threat to the general public.

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact the Akwesasne Mohawk Police at 613-575-2340 or Akwesasne Crime Stoppers at 613-575-2255.