Stl’atl’imx Tribal Police Service

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Stl'atl'imx Tribal Police Service
Common name Tribal Police
Abbreviation STPS
Uniform shoulder patch of the STPS
Agency overview
Formed 1992
Preceding agencies
  • Tribal Peacekeepers (1988)
  • Stl'atl'imx Security (1986)
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* Province of British Columbia, Canada
Population 6,260 approx. (St'at'imc)
Constituting instrument BC Police Act
General nature
Operational structure
Overviewed by Stl'atl'imx Tribal Police Board
Police Officers 9[1]
Elected officer responsible The Honourable Mike Morris, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General of British Columbia
Agency executive Deborah Doss-Cody, Chief Officer
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The Stl'atl'imx (/slætˈləm/) Tribal Police Service (STPS) is the police force for St'at'imc aboriginal peoples of British Columbia. The STPS is the only aboriginal police service in British Columbia. Their officers are appointed as designated provincial constables, and have full police powers on and off-duty throughout the province. They are based in Lillooet and Mount Currie.[2]

Communities served consist of the N'Quatqua (Anderson Lake), Lil'wat (Mount Currie), Samahquam (Baptiste-Smith), Sekw'el'was (Cayoose Creek), Skatin (Skookumchuck), T'it'q'et (Lillooet), Tsalalh (Seton Lake), Ts'kw'aylaxw (Pavilion), Xa'xtsa (Douglas), and Xaxli'p (Fountain).


In 1986 the Lillooet first nation band council established a security program where officers patrolled reserves and worked with the RCMP to prevent and prosecute crime. In 1988 the council built on the security program by forming the peacekeepers for the communities of T'itq'et, Tsalalth, and Lil'wat.

By 1992, the Solicitor General of British Columbia and seven Stl'atl'imx communities established a tribal policing project. An agreement with the RCMP formalized a partnership and the RCMP's role as the primary policing authority in the participating communities. In 1999, the BC Police Act was amended to include designated policing agencies. The STPS were re-established under Section 4.1 of the act as a designated policing agency.[3]


STPS is the only First Nations Administered Police Service (FNAPS) in British Columbia. Modeled on the structure of an independent municipal police department, the department is governed by a police board selected from the communities served. Police officers appointed by the board are either experienced officers or graduates of the Justice Institute of British Columbia, Police Academy.

In 2013, the Stl'atl'imx Tribal Police had an authorized strength of 9 police officers.[1]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Police Resources BC 2013" (PDF). Government of B.C. Retrieved 2015-05-20.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Administrative Policy" (PDF). Stl'atl'imx Tribal Police. Retrieved 2015-05-20.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "History". Stl'atl'imx Tribal Police Service. Retrieved 2015-05-21.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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