James identifies his goals for policing in his home community and the rest of Manitoulin to “gain as much knowledge as I can from the more experienced officers and leaders within the police service. I hope that officers my junior will be able to lean on me for help that has been passed down to me.” When asked If there was one thing that affects communities, he responded that it is “the issue of drugs. Drugs is hurting our people and holding us back.” James elaborates on the importance of building trust and that there are a lot of hard working people keeping our communities safe. He states “If we can gain the trust, we can get more current information regarding the drugs, limit the amount of drugs coming into the community, and provide assistance to the users who need that help to get off, and hopefully stay off of the drugs.”
James Panamick is from M’Chigeeng First Nation. He started out in Policing by becoming a member of the UCCM Anishnaabe Police Services Commission, where he sat from 2009-2011. James then began his Police career in January 2012, working for Niishnaabe Aski Police Service. In August 2015, James states “I began a new journey with the UCCM Anishnaabe Police Service, which polices my own community, along with five others. I was able to come home for good and Police in my home area!”
James and his spouse are both from the community of M’Chigeeng, and reside within the community with their two children. James and his family are all actively involved in the local sports scene, volunteering for the local minor hockey association, and creating teams for local sports tournaments such as baseball, and soccer.