Tribal Police Department
Mission: To serve the community in a respectful, fair and consistent manner with professionalism, honor and integrity.
16344 Q Road, Mayetta, KS 66509
(located east of the Government Center)
Open 24 hours a day
785-966-3024 or toll-free 877-727-6743
Fax: (785) 966-2585
The Potawatomi Law & Order Code amendment requires individuals who are convicted of certain sex offenses to register with the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Police Department.
For the PBPN Reservation sex offender registry link click here.
- 1996-the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation receives grant through the Department of Justice – COPS Office to start a Law Enforcement program on the reservation to be in compliance with a compact with the state of Kansas to operate a gaming facility.
- 1997- Law Enforcement department formed with the hiring of a chief of police, secretary and three police officers who begin working out of the Tribal Court building located on K Road on the reservation.
- 1998-the staff officially moves in to its own law enforcement building at 16344 Q Road and three-full time dispatchers are added. Nine more officers are hired that year for a total of 12 in the force.
- 1999-two more dispatchers are hired and a police K-9 unit is added.
- 2000-outside law enforcement agencies begin to take notice of the professionalism of the tribal police department and employees become instructors in safety education courses including Hunter Safety, Defensive Driving and Child Passenger Safety.
- 2001-department adds a records section that increases staff to 20.
- 2003-Kansas Legislature passes Senate Bill 9 which authorizes tribal police officers to enforce state law within the jurisdictional boundaries of the Prairie Band Potawatomi reservation.
- 2005-formal agreements made with the USD 337 Royal Valley School District and the Jackson County Sherriff's Department to provide a school resource officer provided by the tribal police department to the Royal Valley School system.
- 2007-Tribal Victim Assistance Program begins that includes crisis intervention and emergency assistance for domestic violence victims and their families.
- 2008-Tribal Police Department hosts 10 year anniversary celebration.
- 2009-Police Officer John Hurla and Bowie, K9 dog, given Meritorious Service Citation by PBPN for bravery during car-chase incident by Tribal Council.
- 2010-Tribal Victim Assistance Program kicks off Providers Art Circle-healing through arts program.
- 2011-PBPN Sex Offender Registry activated; Tribal Police Department becomes collection site for Drug Take Back Initiative.
- 2012-Tribal Police Department building gets expanded and remodeled. New decals placed on tribal vehicles.
- 2012-Tribal Police sponsor G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education and Training) program in Royal Valley School District.
- 2013-Tribal Police begins Police Explorer program for teens. Shawn Walker becomes new Chief of Tribal Police.
- 2014-Tribal Police install officer/staff phone lines and hotline number. Upgrade computer system and add video cams to cars.
- 2015: Wade Schneider was promoted from Assistant Chief to Chief of Police.
- 2016: Terry Clark was promoted to Deputy Chief/Captain, a new Sergeant/Detective position was created and filled by Michael Daugherty, and Herb Nance retired with over 16 years of service for the tribe.
Tribal police officers respond to calls for service, complete investigations, conduct house or welfare checks as requested, perform normal patrol duties as well as enforce tribal criminal and traffic laws as established by the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Tribal Council. All officers are trained in and incorporate community policing principals in their everyday activities.
Animal Control & Wildlife Conservation:The Animal Control unit began in March 2000 with the office being responsible for enforcing Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Law & Order Code Title 20.
An animal control officer patrols the housing sites, government building areas and other areas as requested by reservation residents for nuisance animals and other animal concerns. There is also an animal pound. Owners of impounded animals are required to remit fines and boarding costs before their animal is released.
- Rabies Clinic: Each spring a Rabies Clinic is held where reservation residents may bring their animal for free rabies vaccination and a flea and tick dip. A veterinary clinic performs the vaccination and has other supplies available for purchase.
- Adoption: Some animals at the pound are available for adoption.
Dispatch:Tribal Police Dispatch is a twenty-four/seven operation with the responsibility of supporting field officers and Tribal Fire/EMS Units. Tribal Police Dispatch is a fully operational dispatch center. During one audit conducted by the Kansas Highway Patrol, Tribal Dispatch were rated as one of the best (in security, procedures, training and operations) in the state.
Community Programs:The Tribal Police Department strives to maintain a positive presence in the community. Officers and staff are involved each year in the PBPN Gift-Drive Christmas program, the Earth Day celebration, pow wows, and other community events.
- Defensive Driving Course: The Tribal Police Department has employees certified to teach the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Defensive Driving Course. This course teaches skills to improve safety and reduce risks assumed when one gets behind the wheel. Upon completion of the course, participants may be eligible for a discount on their personal auto insurance. Click on the Nation’s website and community bulletin boards for course times and dates.
- Hunter Safety Education Course: The Tribal Police Department conducts Hunter Safety Education courses on an as-needed basis. Courses include 10 hours of instruction usually spread over a Saturday and Sunday. Hunter Safety Education provides gun safety, overview of hunting laws (both state and tribal), general hunting practices and other topics at the request of participants.
- Escorts: Escort funeral processions can be provided upon request. To request service please contact the Tribal Police Department at (785) 966-3024 or toll free at (877) 727-6743. Should the procession be leaving the reservation, staff will coordinate with other jurisdictions to accommodate the procession.
- House watches/checks: House watches/checks can be accommodated with notice from the owner/resident and can be arranged by calling the Police Department.
- ReportIt: ReportIt is a Citizen Property Inventory System available for free at reportit.leadsonline.com. The free service provides a system for maintaining secure records of property you own so in the event of theft or loss your items may be easily identified.
Hunting and Fishing:Officer Rick Burns coordinates the Hunting & Fishing program. He has coordinated with the state of Kansas to recognize certain carcass tags and hunting licenses. Hunting licenses are valid within the exterior boundaries of the reservation. Carcass tags are valid only for game harvested on the reservation.
Licenses are available to enrolled tribal members, their spouses, or parents. Tribal members may also sponsor non-members. Sponsored individuals may not hunt/fish without their sponsor present.
Hunter Safety Education certification is required for individuals born on or after July 1, 1977, to obtain a Tribal Hunting license. Hunting & Fishing licenses are required for those persons 12 years and older.
Hunting & Fishing licenses and carcass tags are available at no cost at the Tribal Police Department. Those wishing to obtain a license/carcass tag should first call the Police Department at (785) 966-3024 or toll free at (877) 727-6743 to insure Officer Burns or another staff member is available to issue the license/carcass tag.