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Nunavik Police Service
  • Service de police du Nunavik (French)
  • ᓄᓇᕕᒻᒥ ᐳᓖᓰᑦ ᐱᒍᑦᔨᔨᖏᑦ (Inuktitut)
Common nameNunavik Police
MottoServe and protect
Agency overview
FormedApril 1, 1995
Preceding agency
  • Kativik Regional Police Force
Annual budget$28.3 million (2020)
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionCanada
Operational structure
HeadquartersKuujjuaq, Quebec, Canada
Sworn members96
Agency executive
  • Jean-Pierre Larose, Chief of Police
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The Nunavik Police Service (NPS; French: Service de police du Nunavik, Inuktitut: ᓄᓇᕕᒻᒥ ᐳᓖᓰᑦ ᐱᒍᑦᔨᔨᖏᑦ) delivers regular policing services in the 14 remote northern villages of the Kativik Region. The headquarters of the NPS are in Kuujjuaq, and detachments operate in each community. The service was formerly called the Kativik Regional Police Force (KRPF) until renamed on February 25, 2021.[2]

In accordance with the First Nations Policing Program, the governments of Canada and Quebec, respectively, provide 52% and 48% of funding for the NPS under a tripartite agreement with the Kativik Regional Government.

Mission statement

Pursuant to the Police Act, the mission of the NPS is to maintain peace, order and public security, to prevent and repress crime and offences under the law and municipal by-laws of the Kativik Region, and to apprehend offenders.

In pursuing its mission, the NPS ensures the safety of persons and property, safeguards rights and freedoms, respects and remains attentive to the needs of victims, and cooperates with the northern villages of the Kativik Region in a manner consistent with cultural pluralism.[3]


The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) delivered policing services to the inhabitants of Northern Quebec until 1961, when these services were assumed by the Sûreté du Québec. The KRPF was established in 1995 in accordance with the spirit of the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement signed in 1975 and pursuant to sections 369 and 370 of the Act Respecting Northern Villages and the Kativik Regional Government.[4] The KRPF began delivering services on April 1, 1996.[3]


Commissioned officers
Chief Deputy chief Captain
Jean-Pierre Larose Operations: Jean-François Morin

Operational Support & Administration: Shaun Longstreet

Ungava Division: Maxime Mercier

Hudson Division:

Melanie Panneton

Operational Support:

Mathieu Savage

Tony Paquet


Nanuk in December 2017

The official mascot of the NPS is named Nanuk, the word for polar bear in Inuktitut. His place of residence has not been identified, but he has been seen in various communities around Nunavik. He especially likes events related to prevention and awareness, and there have also been several reported sightings of him in community parties.[5]


  1. ^ KRG. "KRG - Policing". Retrieved 2017-07-03.
  2. ^ KRPF. "Nunavik Police Service: A New Name, a New Vision on the Eve of 25th Anniversary". Home. Retrieved 2021-09-30.
  3. ^ a b KRPF. "General Information". Home. Archived from the original on 2017-08-27. Retrieved 2017-06-20.
  4. ^ KRG. "KRG - Kativik Regional Police Force". Retrieved 2017-07-03.
  5. ^ Interview with Interim Captain Shaun Longstreet Sr., February 18, 2018
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