Friday, 22 December 2017 09:38

Blood Tribe Police Service hosts holiday celebration

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Police officers from the Blood Tribe Police Service shared their Christmas spirit with Santa Claus himself at this year's annual community feast. Police officers from the Blood Tribe Police Service shared their Christmas spirit with Santa Claus himself at this year's annual community feast. Farica Syrette

In celebration of the Christmas season, the Blood Tribe Police Service members held their annual community feast for all to enjoy.

On Dec. 8 at the multi-purpose building in Standoff, the fifth annual community feast was held to help create open lines of communication and connect the police service with members of the public in a festive manner.
“(The annual feast) is an opportunity for the police to socialize with the community, demonstrate our commitment to service and share information in an informal way," says Farica Syrette, acting inspector for Blood Tribe Police Service. "It also provides an opportunity for relationships to develop and bridges to be built. We are consistently striving to meet the needs of the community and in order to do that, there must be open lines of communication. Events like these helps facilitate that communication."
With an evening of entertainment, food and activities for all ages, this year’s feast saw a tremendous turnout of 750 excited community members who wanted to be part of the action and help open up those lines of communication throughout important sectors of the area.
With fun had by all, servings of turkey dinner, a visit from Santa Claus himself who handed out gifts to excited children, and entertainment from Levern and Saipoyi Dance Troupes — a choir who sang Christmas Carols in Blackfoot and singers who sang powwow songs on hand drums — the evening saw an arrangement of unique activities to keep those in attendance engaged.
However, it wasn’t just fun and games that the night had to offer, but also important information and updates for the public by members of the police service who were also in attendance.
"This year, we introduced our new Crime Prevention Co-ordinator Sadie Many Fingers to the community. We also introduced the three new police recruits who start training soon, it was nice to see the community support them as they begin their new careers," says Syrette of the community's wonderful reaction to the news.
Along with these announcements the police service also spent some time offering some holiday safety tips to help keep the season one of joy for all.
With the feast being offered as a staple event to the community each year, the Blood Tribe Police Service works to organize the event themselves in house as well as covering the entire cost of the evening so that community members can come out each year and enjoy the event.
However, the youth sector is quick to offer their services each year and volunteer to help with the evening, whether it be from the Blood Tribe Police Cadet Program which is run by the school resource officer within the service and volunteers from Kainai High School also lending helping hands with catering.
"We are lucky to have had some great catering from Kainai HIgh School, who also provided 25 high school student volunteers,” said Syrette. “The students helped with serving food and clean up and Blood Tribe Police Cadet Program was a huge help as well. We are pretty proud of the commitment and dedication these young people have shown for service to their community."
With another successful community feast under their belt, the Blood Tribe Police Service and the community of Standoff celebrated the holiday season while engaging with one and other and look forward to doing it all again next year.

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