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Monday, 30 October 2017 04:23

Write Out Loud: a ride-along with retired and well versed police officer

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The Write Out Loud 2017-2018 Season continues on Wednesday, November 8 featuring retired Saskatoon City Police Officer Ernie Louttit.

Louttit, born and raised in northern Ontario as a member of the Missanabie Cree First Nation, joined the Saskatoon City Police Force in 1987, only the third aboriginal officer to serve in the community. He spent his entire career patrolling Saskatoon’s west side, an area beset by poverty and terrible social conditions. His patrols brought him face to face with the realities of the marginalized and disenfranchised.
Louttit has written Indian Ernie: Perspectives on Policing and Leadership and More Indian Ernie: Insights From the Streets. His memoirs are filled with stories of conflict and danger, of dealing with prostitutes, street gangs, drunk drivers, family violence, drug dealers, and persons with mental health and addictions issues. In that work, he argues that empathy and love for community are an officer’s greatest tools. He writes, “If you want to leave a mark, this might as well be the one you leave as a street cop: firm but fair.”
Ernie retired as a Sergeant in 2013 and has launched a new career in motivational and public speaking. Through his books and his presentation at Write Out Loud, we can appreciate the challenges and rewards of a career in policing without actually going on a “ride-along”.
Write Out Loud commences November 8 at Swift Current’s Lyric Theatre. Admission is $8.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Local musician and SCMA award winner, Glenna Switzer, will entertain at 7 p.m., and Ernie Louttit’s presentation follows.

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