Law Enforcement History

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.