JOINT INVESTIGATION CONCERNING A HOMICIDE IN AKWESASNE

Akwesasne, July 26th 2018 – The Sûreté du Québec’s Crimes Against the Person
Investigation Service, in collaboration with the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service and the St.
Regis Tribal Police, are currently investigating a homicide following the discovery of
unidentified human remains, yesterday, near St. Regis Island, in Akwesasne.

The investigation has revealed that the victim is Kenneth Francis Leaf, 50 years old, from
Akwesasne, who had been missing since January 2018. Investigators from the different police
services are working together in order to identify the perpetrator(s) of this vile crime.
Anyone who has information about this event is asked to contact the Sûreté du Québec’s
Criminal Information Center at 1-800-659-4264.

AMPS Officers Will Be Trained And Equipped With Naloxone Kits

Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service have started to phase in a plan to equip officers with a life-saving drug that reverses the effects of Opioid overdose.

30 AMPS offices will be trained and equipped with Naloxone kits. All uniformed patrol officers will be provided with Naloxone kits to carry while on patrol.

More than half of the patrol officers have already been trained to use the drug.  They will be help those who find themselves in an overdose situation, by administering naloxone, then helping them get the follow-up medical attention they will require.

Naloxone temporarily reverses the effects of opioid drugs like fentanyl, morphine, methadone and heroin.

Chief Dulude expects all 30 officers to start receiving their kits by mid-August.

AMPS Warns Akwesasne of Phone Scammers

The Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service (AMPS) is cautioning the community once again of continued aggressive phone calls being made from persons identifying themselves to be with the Canadian Revenue Agency, or other various government agencies. These individuals are calling area residents from what appears to be local numbers, advising that local police will be arresting them because they owe money to the Canada Revenue Agency.

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

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)

or

Seaway Valley / Akwesasne CRIME STOPPERS 613-575-2255

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