Chisasibi law-enforcement officer Reggie Bobbish was recently awarded the Governor General’s Police Exemplary Service Medal.

Bobbish began his 27-year police career with the Amerindian Police, then became a constable with the James Bay Police and later the Quebec Police Force.

In 1984, he was one of the original members of the Chisasibi police force serving what was at the time a 2,700-member community. He went on to become the chief constable in 1987.

Bobbish was instrumental in starting the Whapmagoostui Police Force before he became the court liaison worker with the Cree Regional Authority.

The governor general’s award is given out to police officers who have served at least 20 years in a Canadian police force and who have demonstrated meritorious serve. Bobbish is the first Cree police officer to received this award.

He was given the award by Grand Chief Ted Moses at a ceremony in Nemaska.