File Hills First Nations Police Service





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Chief of PoliceMessage 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.


Chief of Police

Latest News




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!


James Stagg

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.

Congratulations James!


Justin Thomson                Vanessa Starr

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


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.

New Member Rob Keewatin

“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!


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.

Harvest Time

(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.)


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

New Member May 2016

(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)


The File Hills First Nation Police Service Newsletter for March 2016 is now available.