Our Tsuut’ina Nation Police Service Family
Inspector Steve Burton
Inspector Burton joined the TNPS from the Calgary Police Service in 2013, first as a secondment, then as a full-time officer in 2015. During his 19 years of service with CPS, Inspector Burton performed a variety of policing roles that included: Patrol; Youth Education and Intervention; High Risk Offender Program; Security Operations/Witness Protection; Professional Standards; and, was the creator of the Calgary Police Service Behavioural Sciences Unit.
Inspector Burton is a Forensic Investigative Psychologist and provides a number of services including: behavioural analysis; interviewing strategies; forensic content analysis; and, threat assessment and threat management. Inspector Burton also leads the Service in Mental Health and Addiction strategies and supports programming in these, and other mental health and psychology related areas.
In the past five years, Inspector Burton has seen significant change within the Service and on the Nation and enjoys the challenges that come with having wide and varied responsibilities. Mostly, Inspector Burton enjoys working for the people of the Tsuut’ina Nation and working alongside the men and women of Tosguna who are committed to policing our community.
Inspector Clint Healy
Inspector Healy has been with the Tsuut’ina Nation Police Service for over fourteen (14) years. Previous to his time at Tsuut’ina, Inspector Healy started his career with the Siksika Nation Police Service, and then the Blood Tribe Police Service. With a wide exposure to different First Nations policing models, Insp. Healy has taken a signficant leadership role within the TNPS.
During his time with the Tsuut’ina Nation Police Service, Inspector Healy has spearheaded major investigations, conducted high level interviews and been in charge of several patrol units.
Inspector Healy is in charge of the Operations Section of the Tsuut’ina Nation Police Service, overseeing daily patrol operations, training and major operations. He is also involved in the many Special Service Projects that the Nation Development has spurred on.
Sergeant Quinn Jacques
Sgt. Jacques joined our Service in 2016. Prior to joining the Tsuu T’ina Nation Police Service, Quinn served 25 ½ years with the Calgary Police Service – retiring as the Staff Sergeant in charge of the Guns and Gangs Unit. This unit was, and is, instrumental in combating gang activity in Calgary.
Quinn’s work experience includes assignments in the Criminal Intelligence Unit, the Drug Unit, the Integrated Response to Organized Crime Unit (IROC), the Gang Suppression Team and the Strike Force Unit. Quinn has spent the majority of his career either investigating, or managing, gang, drug or organized crime offenses.
The knowledge and experience Quinn brings has added depth and ability in the interdiction and investigation of gang related activity, as well as major crime investigation
Sergeant Shane Powers
Sergeant Shane Powers is an operational patrol sergeant with the Tsuut’ina Nation Police Service. Shane has been with the TNPS since May of 2014. Prior to joining the TNPS he spent twelve and a half years with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
While a member of the RCMP, Shane spent the first five years working patrol on the Stoney First Nation at Morley, Alberta, and shortly thereafter became a member of the Calgary Emergency Response Team (Tactical Unit). Sergeant Powers spent a total of ten years with the Emergency Response Team as an assaulter and a sniper, in addition to working in Federal Drug Enforcement, National Security Enforcement Section (NSES) and Plain Clothes General Investigation Section (Cochrane GIS). In May of 2014, Shane left the RCMP and joined the team at TNPS. Sergeant Powers is one of only a handful of Master Carbine trainers in Alberta and conducts our carbine qualifications and re-certifications.
Sgt. Powers: “I have been so fortunate to have found a home within the TTNPS and the Tsuut’ina Community; loving every minute of my time here. I am married with have two girls and spent most of my time outside of work coaching their teams, attending their sporting events, along with their other extracurricular activities. I also enjoy hiking, climbing, volunteering and reading in my spare time.”
Sergeant Dawn Blake
After spending 12 years with the RCMP, Dawn joined the Tsuut’ina Nation Police Service in 2010.
She has investigated the majority of Major Crimes Investigations on the Tsuut’ina Nation since her arrival and is the primary interviewer for our major crimes investigations.
Dawn is currently in charge of the Community Response Unit of the TNPS where she has three officers under her supervision. She is also supervisor of the Crime Prevention position and both develops and supports proactive initiatives in the community. As part of her duties, Corporal Blake additionally provides oversight to all High Risk file investigations within the Service.
Dawn has been the driving force behind the TNPS’ community programs over the past six years, in addition to her successful work as the inaugural Community Youth and Family Liaison Officer, a position created to build relationships with the youth in the community. With a strong commitment to the Nation, she continues to build and develop relationships that further the services that we are able to offer to our community.
Corporal Blake was the recipient of the 2017 Officer of the Year Award from the First Nations Chiefs of Police Association! Dawn was presented her award in April, 2017, in Ontario, and in true fashion, was an excellent ambassador of our Service.
Note from Admin* Corporal Blake was promoted to Sgt in 2018
Corporal Jon Prystayko
I am from Winnipeg, Manitoba. I have been policing for 8 years, in the Northwest Territories and Alberta with some special postings in other places. I enjoy outdoor activities, fixing things and travel. I am proud to work for Tsuut’ina Nation Police Service and specifically in the School Liaison position because I get the privilege of shaping the future (our youth). The kids decided that my nickname is Dich’uzha Tsicla which means “chipmunk.”
*Admin* Jon Prystayko was promoted recently to Corporal, Congratulations and well deserved!
Constable Tim Daley
Constable Tim Daley joined our service in May of 2014. Prior to Joining Tsuut’ina Nation Police Tim worked for the North Peace Tribal Police Service in Fox Lake Alberta, Fox Lake was an isolated fly in only community. Tim had also worked for the Katavik Regional Police Service in Northern Quebec. Constable Daley trained at the Atlantic Police Academy in PEI and has only policed in first nations communities
Constable Willy Big Smoke
Constable Big Smoke is a Blackfoot from Piikani Nation and is a retired member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
While in the Mounties Constable Big Smoke served in Cardston, Turner Valley, Okotoks, Tsuut’ina and Cochrane Detachments.
Cst. Big Smoke assisted in starting the Tsuut’ina Nation Police service and trained Sgt. Kevin Starlight(retired) and Cst. Tammy Dodginghorse.
While in the R.C.M.P. Cst. Big Smoke initiated and developed the R.C.M.P. Tee-pee display at the Indian Village during the annual Calgary Stampede. This program continues today.
Cst. Big Smoke also served as Team 3 leader for the R.C.M.P. Special Tactical Operations(S.T.O.) unit. This team was responsible for many duties including crowd and riot control and protecting and escorting world leaders from Calgary to Kananaskis Alberta and back to Calgary during the G-8 Summit of 2002 in Kananaskis. World leaders such as U.S. President George Bush, U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair, Russian President Vladimir Putin and United Nations Secretary Kofi Annan.
Cst. Big Smoke as a member of S.T.O. also conducted plain clothes V.I.P. protection duties for then Prime Minister John Chretien assisting the R.C.M.P. Diplomatic Protection Service.
Cst Big Smoke also had a one time opportunity to play a small non speaking role as a Native R.C.M.P. officer in the C.B.C. Television series “North Of Sixty”.
After serving just over 23 years in the R.C.M.P. Cst. Big Smoke retired and joined the Tsuut’ina Nation Police Service.
Cst Big Smoke has served 25 years on Tsuut’ina both as an R.C.M.P. Officer and a member of the Tsuut’ina Nation Police Service.
Cst. Big Smoke is currently serving as the recruiting officer for Tsuut’ina Nation Police Service.
Constable Roy Fairbrother
I am a father a spouse and a friend. I am part Native and English. I have been Police officer for nearly 15 years have spent 11 of those years working for Tsuut’ina Police.
My current position is the School Resource Officer (SRO)/ mentoring.
“We all have potential to become what we want to be”