Policing on American Indian Reservations

Citation

Wakeling, Stewart, Miriam Jorgensen, Susan Michaelson, and Manley Begay. 2001. Policing on American Indian Reservations. In A Report to the National Institute of Justice. Washington, DC: National Institute of Justice, United States Department of Justice.

This study had two principal goals. The first was to take a broad look at policing in Indian Country in order to better understand the many arrangements for administering reservation police departments, develop an initial assessment of the challenges facing Indian policing, and identify policing strategies and approaches that might be successful in responding to the growing crime problem in Indian Country. The second was to evaluate the prospects for community policing in Indian Country. Could this strategy, which grew out of the experience of police departments in urban settings, be usefully applied to the strikingly different cultural, geographic, and demographic features typical of Indian reservations? This study is a first effort to characterize the variety of arrangements for reservation policing combined with a more comprehensive effort to better understand the operations of a limited set of representative departments and their tribal contexts.

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