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First Nations policing just got a $400,000 boost.

South Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale MP Russ Hiebert announced Thursday a three-way agreement has been negotiated between the federal and B.C. governments and the Semiahmoo and Tsawwassen First Nations.

The agreement funds a contingent of police officers specifically tasked to meet the policing needs of the bands.

The First Nations Policing Policy is a federal government contribution program managed by Public Safety Canada.

It provides funding for policing in First Nations communities over and above the regular policing services that a province or territory funds.

Police services are provided by means of Community Tripartite Agreements, and are cost-shared. The federal government contributes 52 per cent toward the costs and the provincial or territorial government pays 48 per cent.

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