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Publication Tribal Law Enforcement, 2000

Matthew J. Hickman, Ph.D., Bureau of Justice Statistics

January 1, 2003    NCJ 197936

Presents information on the characteristics of tribally operated law enforcement agencies in the United States, including personnel, services, and functions. These selected findings include a special section on crime in Indian country. Agency data are taken from the 2000 Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies.


  • Tribally operated agencies employed 3,462 full-time personnel, including 2,303 sworn (67%) and 1,159 nonsworn (33%).
  • A majority of tribally operated agencies provided court security (56%) and search and rescue operations (53%).
  • Thirty-seven percent of tribally operated agencies had at least one full-time sworn school resource officer.

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