Policing has always been an important component to the way of life for the Blood Reserve and its people.
Traditionally the Tribe had a fully developed legal system and its own enforcement agency in the form of a society called Iikunuhkahtsi to apply the laws. However, as the European systems began to overlay the ways of the tribe, policing and other areas of social services adapted and have continued to become an integral part of the Blood Tribe community.
To suit the particular context and needs of its people, the Blood Tribe adopted the Tribal Scout system which later evolved into the Blood Tribe Police Service.
The Blood Indian Reserve (BIR# 148 & 148A) is the largest First Nations reservation in Canada. Covering well over 180 000 hectares of land in Southern Alberta, it is the proud home to over 10 000 registered members.
Basing its operations out of offices in Standoff, Alberta, the Blood Tribe Police Service is a fully autonomous police agency with jurisdiction that extends from the outskirts of the city of Lethbridge to the bordering towns of Cardston, Hill Spring, Glenwood, Fort Macleod and Waterton Lakes National Park.
Twenty-four hours, seven days a week coverage is provided by thirty three fully appointed police officers with the support of over a dozen civillian staff members. RCMP standards training, a fleet of eighteen police vehicles, state of the art blood alcohol testing equipment, and full access to services such as the Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC), and the Police Reporting and Occurence System (PROS) are just some of the resources utilized by the Blood Tribe Police Service.
The Blood Tribe Police Service in its present form is a continuation of the Blood Reserve in partnership with the Federal and Provincial Governments' efforts in providing quality policing services to the community.