Our Mission & Purpose:
It is the mission and commitment of the Morongo Reservation Patrol-Tribal Law Enforcement Department to have a collaborative partnership with the people of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians. Our goal is to ensure that all Tribal Members, residents, employees and visitors of the reservation feel confident they are living and working in a secure and guarded environment.
The department exists for the purpose of maintaining a safe community for those who reside within the residential areas of the reservation and those who attend and work at the Tribe’s schools, enterprises, administration buildings and TANF offices. It is our obligation and pleasure to safeguard all of those individuals whom we work for and are sworn to protect.
The Department’s History:
The Morongo Reservation Patrol-Tribal Law Enforcement Department was started with four officers in 1998 with its main purpose being to patrol the canyons for cattle thieves. This was the start of the Patrol Division. During those early years, the residential portion of the reservation was open and accessible to the public. In May of 2005, the two main entrances to the reservation located at Malki Road and Hathaway Street were secured, making the reservation a gated community. The security of those gates was handled by the same officers who started the Patrol Department. The gates and guard shacks which are currently in place were eventually installed and a Traffic Division was established. As the Tribe’s enterprises flourished, an Enterprise Division was established as well.
All members of the Reservation Patrol-Tribal Law Enforcement Division have graduated from California POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training) certified academies, with a number of them having prior municipal law enforcement and/or military experience. The officers consistently attend advanced officer training which meets POST standards through the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center. All members of the Enterprise Division have completed a PC 832 Arrest and Firearms Course which is the minimum training standards for California Peace Officers.
Each and every member of the department has an obligation to the community we serve to develop and maintain the highest ethical standards in all official conduct and provide everyone with unsurpassed excellence in law enforcement and security services. That obligation is taken seriously and all personnel are held to the highest standards possible.
Between full-time, part-time and on-call employees, the department is now allotted 43 employees (36 full time, 3 part time and 4 on-call). The department currently consists of the three aforementioned divisions; the Traffic Division, which maintains control of the gates, keeping the reservation residents and employees safe from unauthorized persons. The Enterprise Division, which maintains the security of the Tribe’s enterprises, administration building and TANF offices. And the Patrol-Law Enforcement Division which is responsible for patrolling of the canyons, residential and business areas of the reservation, as well as the off-property enterprises and properties.
The Patrol-Law Enforcement Division also provides assistance to the Enterprise Division officers when necessary, as well as responds to emergency and non-emergency calls for service within reservation areas. As a whole, the department monitors entryways onto the 35,000 acre reservation, enforces Tribal Ordinances, assists the Tribal Court as bailiffs and provides security during Cultural Days and Rodeo Days celebrations.
Message from the Chief:
I am truly honored to serve as the chief of the Morongo Reservation Patrol-Tribal Law Enforcement Department; serving a Tribal Council which is forward thinking and supportive of our department and its goal to protect its community. I am also grateful for the opportunity to serve a community with such a deep history and established roots in the San Gorgonio Pass area. I will strive to gain your trust through accountability, honesty and transparency. My officers and I are committed to provide the highest quality service to all Tribal Members of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, its residents, employees and visitors through ongoing training and education of all members of the Reservation Patrol-Tribal Law Enforcement Department. We desire to exceed all expectations the Tribal Council and Tribal Membership has of us.
As your Tribal Law Enforcement Department, we will support all directives and enforce any and all ordinances adopted by the Tribal Council and the Tribal Membership. As the department primarily responsible for the safety of your members within the community which we serve, we will continuously search for new methods and come up with new solutions to enhance the security of the reservation. By the end of 2018, we will have a fully staffed 24-hour Dispatch Center which will enhance the services already being provided. My focus is to continue nurturing the relationship we have and build a stronger partnership to ensure the community is set up for any future challenges related to public safety and security.