Vernon RCMP introduce new liaison officer to Okanagan Indian Band

New liaison to OKIB

Vernon's RCMP detachment has a new liaison officer to the Okanagan Indian Band.

Const. Kyle Camalush will facilitate delivery of enhanced policing services to the OKIB community as a member of the detachment's Indigenous Policing Services team.

Camalush will participate in consultative groups, engage with OKIB members and agencies, and collaboratively develop strategies to address community concerns.

"Kyle’s role will greatly assist our frontline officers to ensure the delivery of policing services that are effective, contribute to the safety, health, and well-being of the community, and are based on mutual respect and understanding," says Vernon RCMP spokesperson Const. Chris Terleski.

Camalush has six years policing experience, most recently in Barriere.

"I worked in a similar position with the Simpcw First Nation, connecting with youth through the schools and cultural events," said Camalush. "When I first started, the youth were hesitant to interact with the RCMP, but with time and much collaboration, we developed an open relationship. I feel grateful and honoured to be in this position where I’ll be able to learn from the OKIB community."

Camalush hopes to strengthen existing relationships and establish new connections between police and the community.

"Over the coming weeks and months, I intend on meeting as many community members as possible," he added.

Camalush can be found at the new Public Safety Office, or reached via email at [email protected].

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