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2018 Annual Report: Building Bridges with the Chippewas of Georgina Island

Posted on Tuesday July 23, 2019
Detective Josh McCue
Detective Josh McCue has made it a priority to give back to the community where he grew up

Detective Josh McCue gives back to the community where he grew up

To Detective Josh McCue, community engagement doesn’t happen from inside a cruiser.

“As officers, we need to get out there and really interact with people,” he said. “This is especially important when we are trying to build relationships with members of an indigenous community.”

Detective McCue, who works in the #3 District Criminal Investigations Bureau, is a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island, where he spent part of his childhood. His family always instilled in him the importance of giving back to the community and setting a good example for youth.

“I understand the challenges faced by kids growing up on a reserve,” said Detective McCue. “But I always tell them that these obstacles should never hold them back from accomplishing their goals.”

In his 16-year career with YRP, Detective McCue has served on the frontline and as a member of the Emergency Response Unit. Despite the demands at work and at home, he has always made time to give back to the community.

One of his favourite events of the year is the annual Georgina Island Chief’s Picnic. He has volunteered since its launch in 2002 and currently serves as chair of the organizing committee. He’s also worked closely with the local band council to ensure its representation on the #3 District Community Liaison Committee.

Relationship building has assisted Detective McCue and his team in numerous investigations, especially missing persons. While Georgina Island is under the jurisdiction of the Georgina Island Police, it has developed a strong working relationship with YRP, especially #3 District.

“You always have to acknowledge your own community,” said Detective McCue. “It provides people with representation and builds trust. They don’t see me as a cop, they see me as a member of the community. And they are genuinely proud to see me in a position of trust.”