January 26, 2023
Operations Clerk hired for STPS Lillooet office
Chenoa Riley was hired as Operations Assistant on January 26, 2023. She is from Lil’wat Nation, a community in southern St’at’imc territory in Mt. Currie BC. She is the daughter of the late Eleanor Wells and granddaughter of Daniel and Cora Wells (Jackson) of Lil’wat Nation. She is a proud mother of 4 beautiful children. Chenoa resides in Ts’kw'aylaxw with her husband, Ken Riley, and their three youngest children.
Chenoa’s education background includes: Health Care Assistant, Pharmacy Assistant, Elders and Youth Coordinator, and Receptionist. Chenoa graduated from Thompsons Rivers University’s Adult Learning program in Lillooet BC and obtained her Health Care Assistant Certificate from TRU as well. Chenoa has traveled overseas to many countries including the US. She travels with her family to pow-wows and has attended many cultural events of indigenous peoples. She is very grateful to have met new people and to have experienced so many different cultures throughout her travels. The STPS welcomes her to the administrative team where her strong leadership skills are needed. Chenoa is highly motivated and is a very genuine person. She is hard working, works well under pressure and is a team player. Chenoa appreciates the opportunity to work with the STPS. She will be trained at the STPS northern detachment in Lillooet under the supervision of Kathleen Doss, Senior Operations Assistant.
November 22, 2022
Two STPS Officers awarded the Valorous Service Medal
Two STPS officers have been selected to receive the Valorous Service Medal: Chief Officer Deborah Doss-Cody and Sergeant Dale Austinson. This is the highest award for a police officer in British Columbia. It recognizes an act of exceptional valour in the face of extreme hazard. It is awarded to police officers who took action for the benefit of others despite knowing they placed themselves at substantial risk of death or serious injury. Both honourees were expected to receive their medals at Police Honours Night on November 22, 2022. The event is hosted yearly by the Lieutenant Governor at Government House in Victoria. However, the event was delayed until April 19, 2023.
November 10, 2022
STPS Recruit Constable graduated from Police Academy
Constable Mark Kinoshita graduated from the Police Academy at the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) in Vancouver BC on November 10, 2022. He grew up in a southern Alberta town called Pincher Creek. After he completed high school, he received a diploma in Criminal Justice - Policing from Lethbridge College. In 2016, he moved from Alberta to British Columbia where he worked at the newly built Okanagan Correctional Centre. Upon completing 5 years of employment at the BC facility, he was hired by the Stl’atl’imx Tribal Police Service in January 2022. He enjoys helping people and being a part of the community. He is excited to get to know the northern and southern St’at’imc communities and its members in his line of duty. And, he is eager to bring his passion and dedication to the people.
October 25, 2022
Two STPS Officers received 20 Years of Service Award
The First Nations Chiefs of Police Association announced earlier in the year that two STPS officers would be recipients of the 20 Years of Service Award. This award is for officers that have twenty years of combined service or more in policing as an officer. The awards arrived late this fall. STPS sworn members Constable Len Isaac and Constable Trish McLaughlin will be presented with them at the 2023 St'at'imc Gathering.
September 15, 2022
STP Board approved Strategic Plan 2023-2027
The STP Board approved the Strategic Plan for 2023-2027 at their September 15, 2022 regular board meeting. The organization’s leaders have secured their vision for the future of the service and identified their goals and objectives for BC’s only recognized First Nations police service. The document showcases a successful effort in identifying STPS top priorities that will lead the actions of the organization until 2027. Priorities include:
2 Human Resource Management
5 Service Delivery
August 31, 2022
Northern STPS office relocated to new building
The Lillooet STPS office successfully relocated into a brand new building. We thank the community of T'it'q'et, Chief Courtney Adolph-Jones, and, council for spearheading the project. Special thanks to STPS Chief Officer Deborah Doss-Cody who provided details for the equipment installation. STPS Finance Clerk Pamela Lancaster managed the telecommunications change-over with the service provider. Murphy Construction constructed the modern police station. Base Wireless wired up the building. Much gratitude to the countless individuals who played a hand in this major project. Lastly, many thanks to Canada Public Safety and BC Police Services for their contribution to the funding.
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- Stl'atl'imx Tribal Police Service.
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