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.
July 15, 2022
Ts'kw'aylaxw youth visited STPS office
Talon Riley is 6 years old and resides at Ts'kw'aylaxw . His parents are Chenoa and Ken Riley. Although too young to be recruited, Talon already knows he wants to become a police officer and join the STPS. He was so excited to meet with Constable Chelsea John at the STPS office for the northern St'at'imc communities in Lillooet.
June 17, 2022
STP Board member for Xaxli'p retired after 30 years of service
Pauline Michell, Vice Chair for the STP Board, has retired from her board member position. She was one of the founding members of the tribal police service and has served as Chair and Vice Chair over the years. Pauline was an active representative who brought ideas, concerns, questions and solutions to the table. She has seen the organization go through many changes and growth in the years that she has served on the board. Most recently, she responded to the Special Committee on the Reform of the Police Act and supported her community of Xaxli'p when they made recommendations to the BC Legislative Assembly on the topic of reform. The STPS, its board members and staff, thank her for her unwavering dedication to the STPS and wish her well in her future endeavors.
Pauline had this to share: As a Xaxli'p representative, I was honored to sit on the Board, helping to guide and direct the Stl'atl'imx Tribal Police Service for the protection and safety of all Stl'atl'imx people and Nation. I have seen so many changes over the years, starting with when the STPS was established and worked hard to overcome racism at all levels. Today, STPS is truly an honorable and respectful policing agency. I have seen so many Chief Officers and officers come and go through the STPS, sometimes raising challenging situations that were overcome and helped STPS to grow. Since the establishment of STPS, there were so many challenges and barriers, however, STPS stayed the course of a policing vision put forward by Stl'atl'imx Chiefs in 1988. The time had come to address the treatment of Stl'atl'imx people who ended up in jail. As for the Chief Officer and officers, each has come a long way and grown, personally and professionally, and has created the strong policing agency we see today. I was honored to sit on the STP Board for 30 years, dedicating my time and participation to the STPS for the lives, safety and well being of Stl'atl'imx people and Nation.
May 9, 2022
Swearing-in ceremony held for 7 STPS officers
Lil'wat Nation in southern St’at’imc hosted the St'at'yemc Declaration Days 2022 on May 8, 9 and 10. The STPS showcased their service at an information booth in the vendor area where the officers answered questions regarding the organization. Members of the community were invited to the new office building for a Walk-thru on Monday May 9, 2022. Turnout for the Walk-thru was successful with over 70 community members visiting the facility within a two hours span. Additionally, seven STPS officers were honoured during a swearing-in ceremony where they took their St'at'imc Oath.
March 30, 2022
STPS announced Canoe-Naming contest winners
The STPS Canoe-Naming contest judges unanimously chose Tselpu'lm'ecw as the winning name. This traditional word means Daybreak in St'at'imcets. The Canoe-Naming contest winner is Lyle Leo (Tmusta7). He is an Economic Development Officer and XDC Operations Manager from the community of Xaxli'p in northern St'at'imc. He won a $200 Visa gift card as well as $100 worth of gift certificates. Lyle has generously donated the prize to Xaxli'p Youth for their Canoe Journey trip fundraiser. The canoe is a 21-foot skipper from Western Canoe. The STPS obtained it in 2017 through BC Civil Forfeiture.
To read more about this contest click here.
STPS recruit joined the service
My name is Mark Kinoshita. I was born in a small, southern Alberta town called Pincher Creek. While growing up, I had always been actively engaged in sports. I played hockey, lacrosse and football. After I completed high school, I received my diploma in Criminal Justice - Policing from Lethbridge College. In 2016, I moved from Alberta to British Columbia where I worked at the newly built Okanagan Correctional Centre. Upon completing 5 years of employment at the BC facility, I was hired by the Stl’atl’imx Tribal Police Service in January 2022. I have always been a person who enjoys helping people and being a part of the community. I am excited to get to know the northern and southern St’at’imc communities and its members. I am eager to bring my passion and dedication to the people.
"Our force may be small, but we serve each day with honour and respect."
- Stl'atl'imx Tribal Police Service.
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