despp: DESPP, Chief State's Attorney, Mohegan Tribe Execute Memorandum of Agreement Over Police Powers
2014

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DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY SERVICES AND PUBLIC PROTECTION, CHIEF STATE’S ATTORNEY, AND MOHEGAN TRIBE EXECUTE POLICE POWERS MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT

Agreement Authorized under Public Act 13-170

 

   (MIDDLETOWN, CT) – Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Commissioner Dr. Dora B. Schriro today announced that the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP), the Chief State’s Attorney, and the Mohegan Tribe have executed a memorandum of agreement establishing the authority of the tribal police department and tribal police officers to exercise police powers under Public Act 13-170.

   “The Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection has enjoyed a long and positive working relationship with the Mohegan Tribe and looks forward to this new partnership,” said Commissioner Schriro. “This agreement requires that that the Tribal police department will enforce the laws of Connecticut within its boundaries. It also provides that all tribal police officers be certified by the Connecticut Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) Council, as are all other municipal police officers. The Mohegan Tribal police department and its officers will work with the Connecticut State Police, enhancing safety and security in the region.”

   With the agreement in place, state troopers will maintain a presence at the casino, including the state regulated gaming areas, and will be called in to investigate felonies and other major crimes, as the need arises.

   "The Mohegan tribe has always looked at public safety as paramount for visitors to our lands, our employees, and our Tribal Members," said Kevin Brown, Chairman of the Mohegan Tribal Council. "This is a great example of government to government relations to achieve this goal."

   "This agreement is beneficial to both the State of Connecticut and the Mohegan Tribal Nation and as such to the general public," said Chief State's Attorney Kevin T. Kane. "The tribal police are very capable and will handle very well the day to day criminal law enforcement on the reservation, freeing up the Connecticut State Police to focus proactively on more complex investigations into criminal activity targeted at the casino."

   “This agreement will also enhance safety and security on the Mohegan reservation and in eastern Connecticut,” added Commissioner Schriro. “The POST-certified tribal police officers, combined with our current complement of state and local police forces in eastern Connecticut, provides for an increased presence of trained police officers ready to respond to any emergency, if needed.”

   DESPP is currently working to finalize a comparable memorandum of agreement with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation.

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