Nunavik police to get new name, dropping ‘force’ from title
Regional councillors vote to rebrand organization as Nunavik Police Service
Nunavik’s police organization is getting a new name.
This week, Kativik Regional Police Force chief Jean-Pierre Larose proposed a new title for the organization, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
“The name of this police force was bothering me, because it doesn’t correspond with the vision I’ve had for this organization,” Larose told Kativik Regional Government council during a meeting in Kuujjuaq on Wednesday.
“Kativik isn’t the proper wording to describe the region we serve,” he said. “And ‘force’ has the connotation of physical force and aggression. Our model is to serve and protect, not use force.”
Larose instead proposed the name Nunavik Regional Police Service.
But regional councillors suggested the organization drop the term “regional,” arguing it doesn’t add anything to the description.
Regional council voted to approve the new name Nunavik Police Service on Wednesday afternoon.
The change will require the police organization to update its logo, which appears on its police cruisers and uniforms. Larose didn’t indicate when that would happen or at what cost.
Regional councillors suggested some changes to imagery in the police service’s logo, which currently features a polar bear and an inuksuk, though the organization hasn’t committed to any specific changes just yet.
The Kativik Regional Police Force was created in 1996 to establish a regional police service in Nunavik, after the region had previously been policed by the provincial Sûreté du Québec.
The agency has detachments in all of Nunavik’s 14 communities and reports to the Kativik government’s public security department.