"Tribal Police Files" resumes shooting here

“Tribal Police Files” is back on the case.

Shooting of the new APTN documentary TV series resumed last week in Lillooet after a five-month hiatus.

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Producer Steve Sxwithul’txw said the crew will be shooting here until June 9. Last week’s filming locations included the T’it’q’et daycare, where Cst. Len Isaac gave the youngsters a chance to sit in his squad car and try out the siren. Stl’atl’imx Tribal Police (STP) Sgt. Dale Austinson, linguist Linda Dan and Kathy Doss were among those interviewed. A film crew also took a trip to Seton Portage to film segments there.

“It’s not like we’re looking for crime,” Sxwithul’txw explained in an interview with the News. “It’s nice to have people out and about in the community where we can talk about things that are going on in the community and highlight them. It’s not all crime-related. It’s all about showcasing this beautiful area and the people who are here.”

The STP is the only tribal police force in British Columbia.

Sxwithul’txw was an officer with the Stl’atl’imx Tribal Police before he became a successful host and producer of TV documentaries, including “Warrior Games.” That show won four Leo Awards: Best Information/Reality Series, Best Host, Best Screenwriting, and Best Cinematography. The Leo Awards are the awards program for the British Columbia film and television industry. They are held each May or June in Vancouver and were founded in 1999.

The “Tribal Police Files” series consists of 13 22-minute episodes (plus eight minutes of commercials to make a half-hour show). Sxwithul’txw says there’s been no announcement yet from APTN about when the series will make its debut.

“They won’t indicate a date until they have the show in the bag,” said Sxwithul’txw. ‘We’re going to be shooting into July so I would assume we would finish it sometime early in the New Year and then they’ll decide when they want to post it.”

He added, “We could be popping up anywhere. Come over and say ‘Hi’ to us. When a camera lens gets into a community, it’s nothing to fear. We’re mostly a First Nations crew, very respectful of people’s privacy and we want to make sure we tell people’s stories the right way. Whatever the story may be, we want to hear it.”

Sxwithul’txw said people can follow the film crew’s progress on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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