Police Services

Please be advised that there is no public access permitted at the Police Services office located on Nebenaigoching St. as per Pandemic protocol.

If you are in need of immediate assistance please call:


Report a bear problem
Emergency encounters

Call 911 or local police 1-888-310-1122 , if a bear poses an immediate threat to personal safety:

  • enters a school yard when school is in session
  • enters or tries to enter a residence
  • wanders into a public gathering
  • kills livestock/pets and lingers at the site
  • stalks people and lingers at the site

Non-emergency encounters

Call the Bear Wise reporting line: 1-866-514-2327 (April 1-November 30)

If a bear is:

  • roaming around, checking garbage cans
  • breaking into a shed where garbage or food is stored in a tree
  • pulling down a bird feeder or knocking over a barbecue
  • moving through a backyard or field but is not lingering

How to prevent encounters

Never purposely feed bears (or other wildlife) or try to approach them.
Limit food sources

  • put garbage in containers that have tight-fitting lids, and put them out only on the morning of garbage day, not the night before (you can purchase specially designed bear-resistant containers, which work best)
  • take garbage to the dump often, if you do not have curbside pick-up
  • frequently wash garbage cans, recycling containers and lids with a strong-smelling disinfectant
  • fill bird feeders only through the winter months
  • put away feeders in the spring and instead, offer birds natural alternatives (e.g., flowers, nesting boxes, fresh water)
  • do not leave pet food outdoors, in screened- in areas or porches
  • do not put meat, fish or fruit in composters outside (keep scraps in the freezer until garbage day)
  • pick all ripe fruit from trees and bushes and fallen fruit off the ground
  • remove grease and food residue from barbecue grills, including the grease cup underneath, after each use
  • inform cottage renters of how to avoid attracting bears to the property

Keep your eyes and ears open

travel in groups of 2 or more (bear attacks occur primarily on people who are alone)

    make noise as you move through areas where visibility is restricted or where background noise is high, such as near streams and waterfalls (e.g., singing, whistling or talking will alert bears to your presence, giving them a chance to avoid you                                                                                             

while outdoors, keep your eyes and ears open:

scan your surroundings to check for bears
        do not wear music headphones
        watch for signs of bear activity (e.g., tracks, claw marks on trees, flipped-over rocks or fresh bear droppings)
        if you are out with a dog, leash it (uncontrolled, untrained dogs may actually lead a bear to you)
        pay attention, especially if you are working, gardening or berry picking
        occasionally scan your surroundings to check for bears
        rise slowly if you are in a crouched position so that you don’t startle nearby bears

Take safety precautions:

    carry and have a readily-accessible whistle or air horn
    learn how to use bear pepper spray and carry it readily accessible
    consider carrying a long-handled axe, if you are in “remote areas or deep in the forest”

If you encounter a bear Stop. Do not panic. Remain calm.
Take these steps:

    quickly assess the situation and try to determine which type of an encounter this might be – sighting, surprise or close encounter
    do not try to get closer to the bear for a better look or picture
    make sure the bear has a clear escape route — don’t corner a bear
    always watch the bear and slowly back away until the bear is out of sight
    get inside, if you are near a building or vehicle
    leave the area, if you are berry-picking, hiking, camping, jogging or cycling
    if you are with others, stay together and act as a group
    if the bear does not get closer to you, slowly back away, talking to the bear in a quiet, monotone voice

Do not:

    turn your back on the bear
    kneel down
    make direct eye contact
    climb a tree
    retreat into water or try and swim — a bear can do these things much better than you

If it is a close encounter:

    wave your arms to make yourself look bigger
    throw objects
    blow a whistle or an air horn
    make noise to try and persuade the bear to leave
    prepare to use bear pepper spray

If the bear keeps advancing toward you:

    stand your ground
    use your bear pepper spray (if the bear is within seven metres) or anything else you can find or use to threaten or distract the bear
    fight back as if your life depends on it

After the bear leaves:

    tell others about bear activity in the area
    if the bear was eating from a non-natural food source (like garbage or bird food), remove or secure the item that attracted the bear

A black bear may attack if it:

    feels threatened
    is a predatory bear

Threatened bears

A bear may attack if it perceives you to be a threat to it, its cubs or it may be defending food - this is a defensive bear that wants more space between you and it.
Predatory bears

A predatory bear attack is very rare.  These attacks usually occur in rural or remote areas. Predatory bears approach silently, and may continue to approach regardless of your attempts to deter them by yelling or throwing rocks.

What to do if a bear attacks:

    use your pepper spray
    fight back with everything you have — in a predatory attack, your life is at risk
    do not play dead except in the rare instance when you are sure a mother bear is attacking you in defense of cubs and your initial attempts to deter the bear have been unsuccessful (especially true for children or small-bodied adults)

Batchewana First Nation Police
52 Nebenaigoching Street
Batchewana First Nation, ON
P6A 0B9
Phone:   (705) 759-5066
Fax:        (705) 759-6660

BFN Police Service operates under a Tripartite agreement signed by the the Government of Ontario, and the Government of Batchewana First Nation Chief and Council.
BFN Police Service is funded through the First Nations Policing Program out of OPP General Headquarters in Orillia, Ontario.
Batchewana First Nation Constables patrol the reserve lands, attend community functions, provide safety information to community members. 
Our First Nation Constables are trained in the same manner as the OPP Officers.  Training takes place on a yearly basis including firearms, physical activities and in-class training. 
All members of this service are members of Batchewana First Nation.  We look forward to a more enhanced community based policing as we move forward into the future.
Administrative Office Location: 
236 Frontenac Street, Rankin Reserve, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 5K9
(705) 759-0914
 Batchewana First Nation consists of four (4) separate tracts of land which include:
1)                Goulais Bay 15A;
2)                Rankin 15D;
3)                Obadjiwon 15E and;
4)                Whitefish Island
Batchewana's total land mass is equal to 2241.4 hectares or 5538.4 acres.  The most populated reserve land is Rankin Reserve.  Our Police Service began servicing the reserve lands in 1978. Three Special Constables were appointed. Today, we are proud to host a contingent of four (4) Constables, one (1) Sergeant and an Administrative Staff to support and provide community based policing.
In partnership with Sault Ste. Marie Police Service (SSMPS), Anishinabek Police Service (APS) and the Ontario Provincial Police.
BFN Philosophy:
It is the aspiration of everyone that we all work together for the good of the community and good community life.  In order to have a healthy community, physically, mentally, and spiritually, it is recognized that we must respect one another Moreover, it is agreed that religious tolerance is a principle of our community life for mutual respect and understanding.
No one is greater or less than anyone else.