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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JUNE 3, 2015
CONTACTS: Shari Ireton, Director of Communications, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office
firstname.lastname@example.org, 425-388-3377, Media line: 425-249-6263
Joe Orford, Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians Police Chief, email@example.com, (360) 474-9111
SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – A cooperative law enforcement agreement between the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians and Snohomish County has been approved by the county and delivered to the State Capitol, allowing tribal police officers the same powers as any other police officer in the state, including to make arrests of non-tribal members.
“The importance of this agreement is strengthening the law enforcement relationship with the Sheriff’s Office and the capacity to take law enforcement action if needed on persons on tribal lands that are not affiliated to a tribe,” said Tribal Council Chairman Shawn Yanity.
“The agreement allows Stillaguamish police officers to handle all calls for service on tribal lands, no matter who commits the crime,” added Stillaguamish Police Chief Joe Orford. There are 307 enrolled Stillaguamish Tribe members and the Stillaguamish Police serve a population of more than 3,000.
The agreement also provides the Stillaguamish Police Chief the opportunity to cross commission Sheriff’s deputies, enhancing public safety efforts on and near the reservation.
“This formalizes the great partnership we’ve had over many years with the Stillaguamish Police Department,” said Sheriff Ty Trenary. “Stillaguamish police have joined us in our mission to provide safe communities through dedicated and professional service.”