Cst. 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 Chrétien 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 CBC 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.