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Tribal Law Enforcement, 2008

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Date Published
June 2011
6 pages
This report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics presents information on Tribal law enforcement efforts for 2008.
Highlights from this report include: in 2008 there were 4,600 full-time personnel, including 3,000 sworn officers, employed by tribally operated law enforcement agencies; the largest tribal law enforcement agency was the Navajo Police Department with 393 full-time sworn personnel in 3 States - Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah; 11 of the 25 largest tribal law enforcement agencies served jurisdictions covering more than 1,000 square miles; and more than half of all tribal police departments used community policing officers, while more than a third used school resource officers. This report presents information on the operations of tribal law enforcement agencies during 2008. Data for the report were obtained from the Bureau of Justice Statistics Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies and included the number and type of personnel employed by all eligible tribal agencies. As of September 2008, there were 178 tribal law enforcement agencies that employed at least 1 full-time sworn officer with general arrest powers located in 28 States. Of the 178 agencies, 157 were general purpose tribal police departments and 21 were special jurisdiction agencies. In addition, 42 agencies operated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs provided law enforcement services in Indian Country in 2008. Figures, tables, and references

Date Published: June 1, 2011