despp: DESPP, Mashantucket Pequots, Chief State's Attorney Execute Police Powers Memorandum of Agreement
2014

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STATE OF CONNECTICUT
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Dr. Dora B. Schriro
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Colonel Brian F. Meraviglia
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Division of State Police
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 1, 2014

 

 

 

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DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY SERVICES AND PUBLIC PROTECTION, CHIEF STATE’S ATTORNEY AND MASHANTUCKET PEQUOT 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 Mashantucket Pequot 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 State of Connecticut has enjoyed a long and positive working relationship with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe and looks forward to this new partnership in law enforcement,” said Commissioner Schriro. “This agreement requires that that the Tribal police department will enforce the laws of Connecticut and the United States 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 in the state. The Connecticut State Police and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal police department and its officers will partner, enhancing safety and security in the region.”

 

   “We are pleased that we have finalized this historic piece of legislation by signing this MOA today with the State of Connecticut. As a Tribal Nation, we fully believe that the strong government to government relationship that both the Tribe and the State maintain is key in our everyday interactions,” said Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Chairman Rodney Butler. “I would also like to personally thank the Tribal Council, the Malloy Administration, the Legislature and most importantly the men and woman that protect us each and every day for their key roles in making this agreement a reality.”


   With agreements in place with both the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot Tribes, state troopers will maintain a critical presence at the casinos, focusing on gambling related crimes, investigating felonies and other major crimes, as the need arises.

   "This agreement is beneficial to both the State of Connecticut and the Mashantucket Pequot 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, combined with the agreement with the Mohegan Tribal Nation, will enhance safety and security on both reservations and in eastern Connecticut,” added Commissioner Schriro. “The addition of POST-certified tribal police officers in the region contributes to the complement of state and local police forces in eastern Connecticut, increasing the presence of sworn personnel in the area, at the ready to respond to any emergency, as needed.”

 

   “I would like to acknowledge the work of the Connecticut State Police and the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Police for their dedication and professionalism during this transition period,” added Commissioner Schriro.

   On May 28, a comparable agreement was executed with the Mohegan Tribal Nation.

 

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