Date of Release:  January 31, 2013

(Thunder Bay, ON)  The Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service announces the commencement of Project Firefly training from February 4 – 7, 2013 at the Valhalla Inn.  The training will begin at 9:00 a.m. with opening remarks by the Nishnawbe-Aski Police and the Thunder Bay Fire Rescue to a training group comprised of police officers, mental health workers, teachers, volunteer firefighters, and youth workers. 

The announcement of the receipt of funding for Project Firefly came on November 8, 2012, the Province of Ontario’s Proceeds of Crime Front-Line Policing Grant announced that $100,000.00 will be funded towards Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service’s “Project Firefly.”  

Project Firefly will initiate the TAPP-C program (The Arson Prevention Program for Children) for youth between 7 and 12 years of age.  The program is designed for police and other front-line community-based agencies to work together collaboratively to address the issues of fire safety and arson prevention.  According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 75% of children and adolescents who complete the TAPP-C program have no further fire involvement. 

NAPS has experienced an overall increase in arson investigations since 2005 which totaled 58 at that time.  In 2006 arson investigations totaled 105.  2007 held 108 arson investigations. 2008 and 2009 reflected 131 and 133.  In 2010 and 2011, the numbers were 202 and 140.  Arson investigations for 2012 is currently at 65 and the numbers are predicted to keep pace with the previous year’s statistics. 

The Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service serves 34 communities in the Nishnawbe-Aski Nation territory which encompasses nearly two-thirds of the Province of Ontario. 

For further information, please contact: 

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 Sgt. Jackie George

Media Relations- Phone 807-346-6593

Nishnawbe –Aski Police Headquarters

Thunder Bay, Ontario