The Kativik Regional Police Force (KRPF) was created in 1996 with the participation of the Solicitor General of Canada and the Ministère de la Sécurité publique (public security) in accordance with the spirit of the James Bay and Northern Québec Agreement and pursuant to sections 369 and 370 of the Act respecting Northern Villages and the Kativik Regional Government. The mission of the KRPF and each of its members pursuant to the Police Act is to maintain peace, order and public security; to prevent and repress crime and offences under the law and municipal by-laws in the Kativik Region; as well as to apprehend offenders. The KRPF also applies the following guidelines in its relations with the communities:
- Uphold the principles of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Québec’s Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms.
- Provide professional services.
- Ensure courtesy and impartiality in the execution of policing services.
- Work with each community, as well as local and regional organizations, to prevent and resolve problems that affect safety and the quality of life.
- Act within the Canadian judicial system to address community problems.
- Promote a creative and responsible environment in which all KRPF officers are able to deliver community-based services.
A tripartite agreement in effect between April 1, 2014, and March 31, 2018, provides funding for KRPF operations. In line with the usual federal-provincial funding split under the First Nations Policing Program, Canada has committed to provide 52% and Québec 48% of funding under the tripartite agreement. A bilateral agreement with Québec for the same period for the purpose of maintaining police services in the communities is also in effect.
Some additional funding is received by the KRPF under mandate B.11 of the Agreement concerning Block Funding for the Kativik Regional Government (Sivunirmut Agreement) for the delivery of guarding services during sessions of the itinerant court and from other sources for crime prevention activities, the Cadet Program and officer training.