$785K federal grant boosts Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe police force

Soaring Eagle Waterpark and Hotel
Soaring Eagle Waterpark and Hotel

The seal of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan is featured on the lobby floor of the Soaring Eagle Waterpark and Hotel in Mount Pleasant. (Brittney Lohmiller | MLive) MLive MOUNT PLEASANT, MI — The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe will receive $785,555 from a $139 million federal grant to hire more police officers and support law enforcement initiatives here.

The U.S. Department of Justice last week announced the grant funding through its Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, otherwise known as COPS.

The funding supported 183 law enforcement agencies across the nation, allowing those agencies to hire 1,066 additional full-time law enforcement professionals.

“The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe is once again honored to be recognized for our public service and the work our law enforcement does within our tribal community and surrounding areas,” Tim J. Davis, tribal chief for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, said in a Monday, Nov. 22 statement. “This grant will assist with that work and the good work of supporting victims of crime and their families.”

Erik Rodriguez, a spokesman with the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, said officials continue to iron out details on how the tribal police department will spend the $785,555 federal grant.

The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe Tribal Police Department operates within the 218-square-mile Isabella Federal Reservation in Isabella County. The department averages 3,460 investigations and about 9,000 calls for service yearly, the tribal police website states .

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