Public Safety

The Public Safety section is responsible for providing promotions and services to enhance community safety. The section's services include Youth Recreation and Youth Justice workers.

Join the RCMP's National Youth Advisory Committee

Tyrin Gregoire-Bear attends the RCMP's Jean Minguy Memorial Youth Academy

OKIB member Tyrin Gregoire-Bear recently completed the Jean Minguy Memorial Youth Academy

See the photos of the graduation, where he was awarded with the Perseverance Award.

The RCMP Jean Minguy Memorial Youth Academy was held at the Vernon Army Camp during the first full week of May. The Youth Academy is dedicated to Cst Jean Minguy, who lost his life while on duty in June, 2005. Cst Minguy was an integral part of the RCMP Youth Academy, acting as both a facilitator and a volunteer.

The RCMP Youth Academy is a wonderful opportunity for students in grade 11 or 12 to participate in a unique work experience in policing.

Students who are interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement get a very good insight in the training and demands placed on police officers. Students are personally challenged in their leadership abilities, physical abilities, and mental toughness. Up to 40 students are involved in a mini training camp which involves seven days at the Vernon Army Camp where students are instructed in law, procedures of law, and the role of police officers in the community.

More information about the program is available here.

Join Wellbriety

Mending Broken Hearts Healing Circles schedule

This three day culturally based program explores strategies for reconnecting with our loved ones, how to complete those relationships, even with family members who have made their journey. You will also develop the capacity of the community to heal from unresolved grief and the losses created by the legacy of historical and intergenerational trauma.

For more info or to sign up contact:

Click here to see the schedule.

Drug Awareness Fact Sheets

Check out the Drug Awareness Fact Sheets which contains facts about many street drugs, their effects, and other important details.

Public Safety Reports

So what exactly does the Public Safety department do?

I checked out the department and asked all the questions, here’s what I found - it’s a lot more than policing.

Story and photos by Kelsie Kilawna

When some think public safety they sometimes think it only means policing, however here on Head of the Lake rd. in the Public Safety Department (PSD) of the Okanagan Indian Band (OKIB) it also means cultural safety, it means safety on the roads, safety of the members who live off-reserve, or on the streets and so much more.

When you first enter the PSD building you enter through the bottom door and walk into a big bright room. The art covering the walls is by local sqilxw artists and instantly you're met with a warm hello and offered food or a drink by one of the team members.

So with that let's dive in and meet the team. Click here to read the entire story.

Indigenous policing and reconciliation

OKIB's RCMP Liaison Officer Cst. Kyle Camalush has provided information about Indigenous policing and reconciliation that members may find interesting and useful.

Ever considered a career in the RCMP? Check out the link to the Indigenous pre-cadet training program to learn more. And please reach out to Cst. Camalush if you have question

If you require urgent police assistance, please dial 9-1-1 immediately. Otherwise, please contact the Armstrong RCMP Detachment at 250-546-3028.

Cst. Kyle Camalush
RCMP Liaison Officer, Indigenous Policing Service
Phone: 250-546-3028
Email: [email protected]

Comprehensive Safety Strategy Survey

OKIB Youth Council

Click here to go to the OKIB Youth Council web page to read about the current representatives.

Self-management Resources for Community Members

Follow this link to see a list of free resources that you can use to learn, support and self-manage mild to moderate mental health concerns. Information regarding the programs is taken directly from their websites and is in their words, wherever possible.

Community Safety Information

Click here to read some tips on keeping your home, family and the community safe.