Community Justice and Policing

The Community Justice and Policing Division helps communities to develop alternative ways of dealing with justice issues; providing a forum for crime prevention and promoting a greater understanding of victim, offender and community needs. These alternatives meet the needs of each community and provide for a safer, healthier place to live.

Minor criminal offences may be diverted away from the traditional court system, and referred to Community Justice Committees. The committee will set restorative measures that are appropriate, and in the best interest of the victim, the community and the offender.

If you are a victim of crime, the Victim Services program can assist you in dealing with the emotional and physical consequences of crime and the associated justice processes. One aspect of the service is help in completing a Victim Impact Statement. This records the facts of a crime and how it affected you at the time, and may be read in Court. If you are a victim of family violence, a Victim Services worker or the police can help you obtain a Protection Order or Emergency protection order to help keep you and your family safe.

The Victims Assistance Fund provides funding for community-based projects which directly support or benefit victims of crime.

Family Information Liaison Units (FILUs) help families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls find information about what happened to their loved ones. Staff travel throughout the NWT to meet with clients. Offices are located in Yellowknife and Inuvik.