Chief Peacekeeper, Kahnawake Peacekeepers
Dwayne Zacharie has worked for the Kahnawake Peacekeepers since 1997. He is currently the Chief Peacekeeper. He is responsible for the administration of all policing functions. In 2013, he was elected President of the First Nations Chiefs of Police Association of Quebec. In 2016, he was elected President of the First Nations Chiefs of Police Association (FNCPA), both of which are national organizations that represents stand-alone First Nation Police Services across Canada. In October 2018, he was re-elected President of FNCPA. Beginning October 2021 he became Past President as he had reached the Presidential Term Limit.
The roles of the Associations are to build capacity in order to raise the standards of policing services offered to Native communities.
On October 31st 2019, Chief Dwayne Zacharie was inducted into The Order of Merit of the Police Forces by Governor General of Canada. The Order was established in October 2000 to recognize a career of exceptional service or distinctive merit displayed by the men and women of Canadian police services.
The Kahnawá:ke Peacekeepers’ primary service is law enforcement within the Territory focusing on safety, protection and accountability as its key areas of concern. Daily tasks include patrols of the community ensuring that laws are being abided by, responding to calls for assistance and promoting safety to the public.