Rhode Island Resource Directory

A Guide to Services Associated with RI 2-1-1

Tribal Police

Code: FL-8800

Tribal agencies that are responsible for enforcing the laws established by the tribe's constitution, protecting persons and property within the tribal jurisdiction, ensuring that orders of the tribal court, where one exists, are properly carried out, and providing security for General Council meetings, tribal elections, dances or other tribal events. Tribal police work for the local tribe and are not directly overseen by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and may share jurisdiction with the state police or marshal's office. Tribal police may, for example, have jurisdiction only for crimes committed by and against Indians in the community whereas state police retain jurisdiction where non-Indians commit crimes on the reservation.

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