January 29, 2014 –
MAYETTA: The Potawatomi Tribal Police department has made some changes recently in their communication system with the goal of making the department run more efficiently.
First of all, the department has expanded their phone system by adding a tips hotline number and individual phone lines for their officers and most of the staff. The hotline number and individual phone numbers can be found at:
Police Chief Shawn Walker reported in the department’s last newsletter that by allowing each law enforcement officer to have their own phone number it will make it easier for victims of crimes to contact the individual officer working on his/her case. Another bonus to the phone upgrade is a news tips hotline where anonymous tips can be made directly to the department.
The Tribal Dispatch number for emergencies and general contacts has remained the same at 785.966.3024.
Other upgrades in the works are a digital ticket system which will electronically track the issuing of tickets and also adding a new report writing system.
Additionally, a new tribal police officer is being trained to begin in May and a new drug dog will also be on the team by April. Presently there is a contest to name the dog with voting boxes located in major buildings on the reservation.