Welcome to File Hills First Nations Police Service
Message from Chief of Police
On behalf of the File Hills First Nations Police Service I welcome you to our website. As Saskatchewan’s first and presently only First Nations police service, our members and employees know that not only do they carry on a historic peace keeping legacy but also the hopes and aspirations of the present and future generations of our people.
Providing policing services to First Nations communities is by no means a simple endeavour. It presents unique challenges and therefore takes unique skills, knowledge and abilities not often required in mainstream policing. As many First Nations lack both infrastructure and resources more common elsewhere, our communities look to us to provide leadership and to be a social safety net when necessary.
We are under no illusion that this is a task we can accomplish alone. We are committed to continuous improvement and to that we need the help of our people. We need to know what their wants, needs and expectations are of us. We need to know how we are doing and to be held accountable. Not only does the FHFNPS want to be held accountable…. We demand it!
We are proud and honoured to accept the challenge and have enshrined the key values to do so in the oaths we take when we agreed to accept the responsibility the Creator and our communities have entrusted us with. We are determined to be oath keepers, not oath breakers.
JANUARY 14, 2017 - FENTANYL
DEADLY DRUG FINDING ITS WAY INTO FIRST NATIONS COMMUNITIES
Since 2010 approximately 50 people have died in Saskatchewan as a direct result of Fentanyl, 22 in the last year and many more have suffered the severe physical and mental effects of this deadly drug. Many of these people are members of our First Nations communities here in the province while other provinces are reporting even higher deadly and tragic Fentanyl related incidents. Often sold as fake OxyContin many new and experienced drug users are unprepared for its deadly strength and effects.
A fentanyl overdose will result in several characteristic physical symptoms. These symptoms will be easily observed by those who know what to look for, and include: confusion, dizziness, difficulty thinking, speaking, or walking, pale face, blue- or purple-colored lips, fingernails, or extremities, throwing up, choking sounds, pinpoint pupils (pupil size reduced to small black circles in middle of eyes), seizures, slowed heart rate, excessive drowsiness, frequent fainting spells (nodding off), limp body, unresponsiveness, difficulty breathing, hypoventilation (slow, shallow breathing), respiratory failure, … Death.
If you suspect someone is suffering from a drug overdose call 991 immediately!
DECEMBER 22, 2016 - MEDIA RELEASE
FHFNPS Cst. James Stagg graduates from the Saskatchewan Police College
On December 16th after completing 5 months of rigorous training Cst. James Stagg graduated from the Saskatchewan Police College in Regina as a Police Officer. The graduation ceremony started in the morning with fitness, defensive tactics and dismounted cavalry drill display at the University of Regina. This was followed by the badge presentation at the Conexus Centre that afternoon and a banquet at a down town hotel that evening. Present were Government dignitaries, Saskatchewan Chiefs of Police and the 16 members of Troop 73’s families and friends.
"It was a distinct pleasure and an honor for me to be able to pin the badge of the FHFNPS on Cst. Staggs uniform. I am extremely proud of what he has accomplished and of his commitment to serve our communities. I am also deeply grateful to all those who assisted him on this journey; his spouse Chrissie, their families, the staff at the Saskatchewan Police College, and all the members of our staff and Board who supported and encouraged him throughout." (FHFNPS Chief of Police Len Busch)
Cst Stagg, a member of the Brokenhead Ojibway First Nation, came to the File Hills First Nation Police Service in January, 2016 and served as a Special Constable for 6 months prior to going to the SPC for basic recruit training. Prior to joining the FHFNPS Cst. Stagg had taken Police Studies at Assiniboine College in Brandon Manitoba and had then worked as a Border Services Officer for the Canada Border Services Agency on the Yukon – Alaska border.
DECEMBER 19, 2016 - MEDIA RELEASE
Mr. Gordon Stewart from the Ministry of Justice presents graduation certificates to FHFNPS Special Constables Justin Thomson and Vanessa Starr
On December 16th File Hills First Nations Special Constables; Vanessa Star (Peepeekisis) and Justin Thomson (Carry the Kettle) graduated from the SIAST Community Safety Officer Induction Training Course in Prince Albert.
A CSO is a Community Safety Officer who has been designated by the Province of Saskatchewan as a Special Constable. The CSO can enforce Provincial statutes such as the Traffic Safety Act, Alcohol and Gaming Regulations, All Terrain Vehicles Act, as well as the Provincial Acts. In addition, the CSO's will also be able to enforce First Nation Law.
The Community Safety Induction Training program provides a peace officer-level of training that includes 19 days of on-site courses in defensive tactics, tactical communication, law and the criminal code, traffic training, interviewing and report writing. This is combined with 11 days of online courses in mental health, crisis intervention, CPIC, and investigations. "The training blends practical applications with online learning curriculum components from the Canadian Police Knowledge Network.
"I congratulate these members on what they have accomplished. This training will certainly enhance the basic Special Constable Training our members have already undergone and will allow us to continue to improve our service delivery to our communities."
Len Busch, FHFNPS Chief of Police
NOVEMBER 2, 2016 - MEDIA RELEASE - WELCOME NEW MEMBER
On November 1st, 2016 at a swearing in ceremony held at the FHFNPS Okanese headquarters Chief of Police Len Busch and the Chairman of the File Hills Board of Police Commissioners, Mr. Daniel Bellegarde welcomed their newest member to the police service. Constable Rob Keewatin a member of the Peepeekisis First Nation previously served 27 years with the RCMP in a variety of Saskatchewan posts such as Meadow Lake, Beauval, Stanley Mission, La Loche, and Regina. He also served in Ottawa where he was a member of the RCMP Emergency Response Team, the Explosives Disposal Unit and the CBRNE (Chemical, Biological, Nuclear, Radiological, and/or Explosive) unit. He has also served in Kelowna British Columbia doing technical operations and support.
“Rob held the rank of sergeant in the RCMP and his broad experience, leadership abilities and extensive skills sets will certainly be a welcome addition to our police service” Chief of Police Len Busch
Welcome home Rob!
AUGUST 30, 2016 - MEDIA RELEASE - HARVEST TIME IN THE HILLS
On August 29th, 2016 the File Hills First Nations Police Service working in a joint forces operation with the RCMP Fort Qu’Appelle, the F Division Integrated Drug Unit and the Canadian Armed Forces took down a major marijuana grow operation in the File Hills First Nations area. Approximately 450 mature plants and 46 lbs of already processed for sale product were seized along with a large quantity of greenhouse equipment.
Since 1989, annual joint forces operations are performed combining police with the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), known as Operation SABOT. Ops SABOT is a yearly detection and eradication operation targeting outdoor marihuana grow operations during the late summer/early fall period.
With the assistance of the CAF, police investigators deploy helicopters and crews, across Canada in order to locate and dismantle outdoor marihuana plantations.
The investigation is ongoing.
(Picture: File Hills Police and RCMP officers begin the task of cutting, loading and hauling of the contents of one of the three large greenhouses found on the site.)
AUGUST 31, 2016 - MEDIA RELEASE UPDATE
Brian Joseph “Uncle Bully” McNabb (Age 47)
PREVIOUS: On Monday, June 8th, 2015 Brian MCNABB had pled guilty to sexually touching a child. He was sentenced to 26 months in custody and DNA testing was ordered. A stay of proceedings was entered on another sexual assault charge involving the same child.
UPDATE: Investigation into similar allegations continued and those investigations resulted in further charges being laid. On August 11th, 2016 McNabb plead guilty in Fort Qu’Appelle Court on a plea agreement to an additional six charges and six further charges were withdrawn. Judge Carol Snell sentenced McNabb to 5 additional years in prison to start at the end of his current 26 month sentence. The judge stated that his punishment was meant to match the severity of his crime of sexually abusing children for years and said” The damage you have done is incalculable to these individual complainants, to parent, to grandparents, the entire family”.
Police are still asking the public to share any information that would indicate further offences or victims by calling the FHFNPS at (306) 334-3222, their nearest RCMP Detachment or Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
APRIL 7, 2015 - PREVIOUS MEDIA RELEASE
On March 27th, 2015 the File Hills First Nations Police Service (FHFNPS) was alerted by Indian and Family Services (ICFS) of a disclosure of possible sexual assault from a child. Subsequent investigation has thus far indicated that there may be multiple victims in several communities over the last several years. On April 1st, 2015 the FHFNPS laid two charges of Sexual Interference of a Minor person against Brian Joseph “Bully” McNabb (Age 46) and a warrant for his arrest was issued and a search commenced.
On the late afternoon of April 2nd, 2015 the FHFNPS received information from concerned citizens that McNabb was at a house on Peepeekisis. Upon attending at the residence police learned that McNabb had fled just prior to their arrival and had headed across country. The FHFNPS immediately cordoned off a three mile square area and called the Fort Qu’Appelle RCMP and the Police Dog Unit out of White City for assistance. On arrival the Police dog “Chevy “picked up a scent and several miles later indicated someone hiding in a bluff. Upon hearing the dog and searchers the suspect McNabb put up his hands and surrendered without further incident.
He was immediately placed under arrest and transported to cells in Fort Qu’Appelle. He appeared in Provincial Court at Fort Qu’Appelle on April 6th and was remanded into custody to appear again on April 13th. Police expect to lay further charges as the investigation continues.
McNabb has roots on the Peepeekisis First Nation but has been mobile residing from time to time in other communities in the File Hills and Fort Qu’Appelle area. Police are asking the public to share any information that would indicate further offences or victims by calling the FHFNPS at (306) 334-3222, their nearest RCMP Detachment or Saskatchewan Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
MAY 13, 2016 - FILE HILLS POLICE WELCOME NEW MEMBER
On April 26th, at a traditional swearing in ceremony, Constable Larry Bigknife was welcomed into the ranks of the File Hills First Nations Police Service. Larry Bigknife, a member of the Star Blanket First Nation, has just completed a 25 year career with the RCMP. During his career in the RCMP, Larry acquired an extensive background in general duty policing, community policing, criminal intelligence and in police managerial practices.
“Larry is certainly a welcome addition to the FHFNPS, in addition to the policing experience and skill sets he brings with him, being raised here he also has a keen understanding of the culture of our communities that will have a great impact on the service we provide. Welcome home Larry!”
Len Busch, Chief of Police
(Picture: Chief of Police Len Busch and Mr. Dan Bellegarde the Chairman of the File Hills Board of Police Commissioners welcome Constable Larry Bigknife to the File Hills Police)
APRIL 29, 2016 - FILE HILLS POLICE SUMMER STUDENT PROGRAM
The File Hills First Nations Police Service has applied for Funding to host 3 summer students under the Canada Summer Jobs Program. If you are eligible and interested in a great summer experience please see the attached poster and application forms.
MARCH 23, 2016 - FHFNPS NEWSLETTER
The File Hills First Nation Police Service Newsletter for March 2016 is now available.
FEBRUARY 17, 2016 - FHFNPS ROUND DANCE
The File Hills First Nation Police Service and the File Hills SADD Chapter present a Feast and Round Dance on Friday, February 26 at 5:00 p.m. Click here for all the details.
JANUARY 11, 2016 - FILE HILLS APPOINTS NEW SPECIAL CONSTABLE
On January 11th, 2016 FHFNPS Chief of Police Len Busch welcomed James Stagg to the File Hills First Nations Police Service as a new special constable. Special Constable Stagg comes to File Hills Police from the Canadian Border Security Agencies where he has served for the past 6 years. Originally from the Brokenhead Ojibway First Nation in Manitoba where he had served as a Band Constable, he plans to attend the Saskatchewan Police College in the summer and to then be promoted to the next rank of Constable/Investigator. “We are delighted to welcome James and his wife Chrissie to our “family” here at the File Hills Police Service. I am certain that Jame’s background in law enforcement and previous service to First Nations Communities will enhance the service we provide to our communities.”
Chief of Police Len Busch
DECEMBER 22, 2015 - NEW SPECIAL CONSTABLES
On December 21st, the File Hills First Nations Police Service welcomed two new Special Constables to their ranks. Vanessa Starr (right) and Gwen Cyr (left) were administered the oaths of office and then presented to the File Hills communities at a traditional quarterly pipe ceremony held at the Starblanket Daycare Centre. Vanessa Starr, a member of the Starblanket First Nation, previously worked for the Peepeekisis First Nation and was hired by the FHFNPS on contract as support staff for the past year. Gwen Cyr, a member of the Pasqua First Nation, had previously worked for the FHFNPS as a clerk and then had moved to the RCMP Fort Qu’Appelle Detachment in the same capacity.
"These new Special Constables, with the wealth of knowledge and experience that they bring with them, are certainly a welcome addition to our staff and their presence will enhance greatly our ability to provide the culturally appropriate and relevant police service we want for the File Hills communities."
Chief of Police Len Busch
JULY 20, 2015 - FATAL MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT
On the afternoon of July 19th, 2015 File Hills First Nations Police Service were called to investigate a fatal single vehicle accident on the Carry the Kettle First Nation which is situated approximately 15 km south of Number 1 highway near Sintaluta, Saskatchewan. Two passengers believed to have been ejected from the vehicle (2009 Ford 150 Supercab) during a multiple rollover were declared deceased at the scene.
Deceased are Cammy Jessica SPENCER (B: 94/05/11) of Carry the Kettle and Sterling Byron HOTAIN (B: 95/01/12) of the Bird Tail Sioux First Nation in Manitoba. Two other passengers were subsequently transported to Indian Head Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The operator of the vehicle was arrested at the scene and after being treated for injuries transported to Indian Head RCMP Detachment. Police have laid charges in connection with the matter. Adrian CAPPO (25 yrs) of Carry the Kettle First Nation appeared in Fort Qu’Appelle Court on July 20th to answer to two charges of impaired operation of a motor vehicle causing death. The matter was adjourned to Indian Head Court on July 21st to allow the accused to speak to legal counsel. Further charges are pending.
Next of kin have been notified. The investigation is continuing.
JULY 14, 2015 - FILE HILLS POLICE HELP NORTHERN FIRE EVACUEES
File Hills Police Special Constable Alicia Keewatin helps out the Northern Fire Evacuees at the Treaty Status Indian Services Gathering Place in Regina.
JULY 14, 2015 - FILE HILLS POLICE CONSTABLE RECEIVES AWARD FOR BRAVERY
On July 2nd, 2015 at the File Hills Police Service Annual General Meeting Constable Franz Zeidler received a Commendation for Bravery from Chief Len Busch for his role in disarming and arresting an armed suspect while protecting innocent bystanders. The incident occurred in January 2014 when Constable Zeidler and RCMP Constable Anthony Bear were responding to a complaint of assault with a weapon on the Starblanket First Nation. Constable Bear is also being recognized for the professionalism and bravery he exhibited in the matter.
JULY 5, 2015 - 2014 - 2015 ANNUAL REPORT
On July 2nd Chief of Police Busch submitted his annual report for the fiscal year 2014 -2015 to the File Hills Police Service Board of Police Commissioners and at the FHFNPS at the 2015 Annual General Meeting which held at the Okanese Leaning Centre. The report was distributed and presented to the communities and following review adopted in a vote called by Board of Police Commissioners Chairperson Mr. Dan Bellegarde.
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