2 THE INTERLAKE SPECTATOR Friday, June 25, 2010
Ashern's Ogungbemi assigned cultural diversity officer
By Heather Robbins Cpl. Dave Ogungbemi of the Ashern detachment will help Manitoba's RCMP strengthen its relationship with visible minorities when he becomes a cultural diversity offi cer next month. Ogungbemi will work at D Division headquarters in Winnipeg, travel to RCMP-served communities to hear concerns and suggestions from visible minority community members and service providers, and work with them to improve police services. "It will also involve meeting with youth for guidance where necessary, promoting the recruiting aspect of the RCMP, creating more cultural awareness with members of our force through workshops, etc., attending diff erent cultural group activities while representing the RCMP, and so on," said Ogungbemi. Ogungbemi will research, identify and analyze public safety gaps in minority communities to reduce crime and victimization; and sit on the Commanding Officer's Advisory Committee on Cultural Diversity, which consists of visible minority volunteers. The committee recommended creating Ogungbemi's new position due to increasing immigration to Manitoba. "Our main objectives are to build bridges between the communities and our law enforcement, in this case, the RCMP," said member Shahina Siddiqui. "We want our agencies, to represent the face of Canada, and it is a changing face. We also want to build trust, which is extremely important, especially for many newcomers. We're seeing a rise in gang recruitment and we need to stop it. Th at will be one of the places where we will be partnering with the RCMP." Ogungbemi's posting follows similar com- GREENHOUSES LANDSCAPING New Summer Hours Mon - Sat 9am - 7pm
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Handout Insp. Bates; Mrs. Suenita Maharaj-Sandhu; assistant commissioner Bill Robinson; Kaval Chohan; Ms. Wanda Yamamoto; Ms. Shahina Siddiqui; Dr. Michael Eze of the Commanding Officer's Advisory Committee on Cultural Diversity; Justice Minister Andrew Swan; and Cpl. David Ogungbemi. Ogungbemi is the new RCMP liaison for visible minorities. munity liaison positions created through memoranda of understanding signed by the RCMP, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and Manitoba Métis Federation last year. "I'm looking forward to meeting diff erent people from diverse backgrounds, listening to their concerns and questions regarding policing and assisting in any capacity I can to bridge the gap between the community and RCMP," said Ogungbemi. Ogungbemi immigrated to Winnipeg from Lagos, Nigeria, where he worked as a health inspector, in 1981. He's attended the University of Winnipeg, Red River College and received training from the City of Winnipeg's Human Justice Training program.
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He worked as a private investigator and security officer in Winnipeg; a civilian with the Winnipeg Police Department Traffi c Section (now the Winnipeg Police Services); a Stony Mountain Institution correctional offi cer; and member of the Canadian Army Reserve at the Minto Armory before joining the RCMP. He has also volunteered with the Winnipeg Police Victim Services Unit and the Youth Justice Committee as a Manitoba Probation Services' honorary probation offi cer. "I got into policing because I love to help people anyway I can- to serve and protect, and, of course, the uniform," said Ogungbemi. "With the RCMP, I get the opportunity to work in diff erent communities from time to time, while making friends with people from diff erent walks of life. Th at's what I like best." Ogungbemi joined the RCMP in 1993 and was stationed in Dauphin, Flin Flon, Cranberry Portage and Steinbach for general duties before becoming the operational noncommissioned offi cer in charge in Ashern. "In leaving Ashern, I will miss the people and the quietness of small-town living, where the community knows each other on a fi rstname basis," said Ogungbemi. "Also, there are no traffi c jams etc., like in the city. What will be most memorable about my time in Ashern is the dedication of my members while performing their job to the best of their abilities day in day out, even when we have staff shortages or other frustrating moments." In his off hours, Ogungbemi is an active soccer coach, referee and player. "I used to play soccer for diff erent clubs in the city a while back and I still love to play it whenever I get time," said Ogungbemi.
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