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First nation tribal police

Tribal Police Files looks at all aspects of the force

By Braden Dupuis

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ON THE SET Tribal Police Files, a new show for the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, is currently filming around Lillooet.

Steve Sxwithul’txw remembers vividly the call that made him decide to move on from the Stl’atl’imx Tribal Police Service.

The complaint was in regards to a domestic dispute. Sxwithul’txw arrived on the scene to find a man brandishing a knife, his backup still minutes away.

“It was a tense moment. My firearm was out. I didn’t know what he was going to do,” Sxwithul’txw recalled.

Through a lot of conversation and some “verbal judo,” Sxwithul’txw was able to deescalate the situation, eventually arresting the man without bloodshed — but the incident stuck with him.

“That moment in time was probably the only time in my eight-year career I had to point my firearm at anybody with the probability that if he did something, I would have to use that firearm,” Sxwithul’txw said.

For full article visit: http://www.piquenewsmagazine.com/whistler/tribal-police-files-looks-at-all-aspects-of-the-force/Content?oid=2742893

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