Phone: (306) 373-5311
$25.00. 234 pages, paper, 15 images, 6 x 9, summer 2015
Retired Police Sergeant Ernie Louttit takes you back to the streets of Saskatoon in his second book, a street cop’s view of the realities of dealing with prostitutes, street gangs, drunk drivers, and other offenders. He gives people who are rarely exposed to crime a view of what policing “at the sharp end” is like, while acknowledging the struggles of those who are forced by circumstance to live in high-crime areas. The first point of contact for persons with mental illness and addictions is often the police, and Louttit highlights how changes in handling these individuals must occur. Other topics addressed in this fast-paced book include drugs and drug dealing, murder, changes in policing, and leadership. As before, Louttit looks at and comments on all this with empathy.
Ernie Louttit was born in Northern Ontario and is a member of the Missanabie Cree First Nation. He began his career with the Canadian Armed Forces at 17 years of age, and in 1987 became only the third Native person hired by the Saskatoon Police Service. He spent his entire police career on the west side of Saskatoon, where he became known as Indian Ernie. His first book, Indian Ernie: Perspectives on Policing and Leadership, is based on those years on the streets.
After retiring from the Saskatoon Police Service in October, 2013, Ernie’s first book led him to a new career in motivational and public speaking, as well as writing. While not as dangerous as being a police officer, he finds it very exciting and rewarding and is thankful for these opportunities. He continues to live in Saskatoon with his wife, Christine, and their 4 grown children.