From the Chief
Eric Payne, Chief of Police
Hello and welcome to the Otoe-Missouria Tribal Police Department web page. As many of you know, the police department is a BIA funded program. Our main goal is to provide police services to our jurisdictional areas, as well to provide assistance to agencies that enforce law and order that may have an impact with our agency or the economic status of our tribe. With this I mean that we offer our assistance to agencies within the state of Oklahoma and outside the state of Oklahoma, as well as federal agencies.
The Otoe-Missouria Tribal Council has subsidized our funding and has matched or even surpassed the funding from the BIA. With this funding we had the opportunity to hire more officers. We currently have two officers that are preparing to attend the Basic Police Academy. With the changes in police training, the BIA Indian Police Academy took its last class of trainees in January of 2010. Students will now attend the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers Land Management Police Training. And students will have to follow up with a 92 hour course of Criminal jurisdiction in Indian Country. This training will be offered more times per year and in two different locations. Officers will still receive the same level of training, and will be recognized as certified Police Officers for the Otoe-Missouria Tribe.
Crimes against the Tribe are a growing trend and will not be tolerated. Crimes against the public and violent crimes have now taken a back seat to “White Collar Crime”. With the economic expansion of our tribe, there has been an increase in calls for assistance related to activity at our business establishments. Please be aware that if a crime is committed, it will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
I will be posting alerts to the public on this site from time to time concerning issues that have an impact on all of us. Right now there seems to be a high volume of email scams that are circulating. One of the most common scams is related to email forwarding. This email asks that you send it to as many people as you can and Yahoo, AOL or some other internet company will pay them an amount of money for the emails. This is not true, if the companies were going to do something like that, they would just donate an amount to a charity. In some cases, these emails contain viruses or worms that will infect other computers. I would like to share with you, however, a link that you might find helpful to avoid becoming a victim of a hoax, scam or other fraudulent internet scam.