Tribal Government Departments
Police Department
Page last updated:
June 1, 2023
9:27 am

38911 172nd Ave SE

Auburn, WA 98092


Department Overview

Our mission is to provide professional, quality Law Enforcement services for the Muckleshoot Indian Tribal community and its guests. We strive to fulfill this obligation with conscientious and compassion-ate Deputies who are committed to reducing crime and enforcing laws that ensure a safe community. Education, community involvement, crime prevention and communication regarding community safety are paramount in achieving a continued partnership with the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe.

Services Provided

  • 911 responses to emergencies
  • On-going proactive problem solving
  • Assist Tribal departments in crime prevention issues that may arise
  • Support crime reducing education programs within the community
  • Collaboration and referrals with other Tribal departments
  • Participation and security at community events
  • Additional security for Fireworks, Pow-Wows, Stick Games and Fishing Docks
  • Tribal Court Security
  • School Resource Officer
  • Tribal Housing Deputy
  • Auburn PD officer assigned to our department for additional patrols within the city limits.

Outlook for 2023

  • Continued efforts to identify qualified deputies to join the Muckleshoot Tribal Police Department.
  • Provide training regarding the civilian response to active shooter events to numerous Tribal departments.
  • Continue to build our relationship with the grants department to exchange information and partner on grant opportunities when beneficial to do so.
  • Continued work on referrals to different Tribal departments and a holistic and unified approach to community safety and wellness.
  • Continue to communicate and work with the Auburn and Enumclaw Police Departments and other agencies on law enforcement issues on the Muckleshoot Indian Reservation.
  • Continue to engage in community policing and problem solving by working with community members and other Tribal Departments with respect to law enforcement and community safety issues.
  • Continue to support the Tribal School with a full time police officer.
  • Continue to support the Muckleshoot Housing Authority with a dedicated Deputy for housing safety issues and concerns.
  • Emphasis patrols during per-capita distribution, fishing, fireworks and Powwows as deemed appropriate.

Highlights of 2022

King County Sheriff Patti Cole-Tindall & Undersheriff Jesse Anderson

Referrals and partnerships with Tribal Departments

The reservation is a resource rich environment, which helps provide a more holistic or wrap-around approach to help community members as well as address community concerns. MIT PD works closely with a number of departments to share information and facilitate a referral system to help community members get in touch with the right resource. This referral system also allows Tribal departments and the PD to tabletop issues in order to find the best outcome for the community members involved. This referral system has worked on numerous different occasions throughout the year.

Tribal Court Security

We have continued our service to the Tribal Court by providing a Deputy in the courtroom for any assistance the presiding judge may require. The Law Enforcement presence in court has also provided an additional level of safety and security.

Healing to Wellness Court

Continue to work with the various Tribal departments on helping to develop and then assist in staffing the new Healing to Wellness Court. This will help Tribal members who are in active addiction and/or suffering with mental health problems.

Narcan and Fentanyl Awareness

There has been an increase in narcotics overdoses over the last year. We have collaborated with the Behavior Health Team to increase awareness and distribution of Narcan to help combat the opioid epidemic. These efforts have included participation in awareness videos and being present at community events.

National Night Out

The annual National Night Out attendance has grown every year. In fact, this was the largest event thus far. This is a result of the partnership with Muckleshoot Housing, Youth Department Program, Health and Wellness Center, Community Health, Behavioral Health Program, and the Adult Work Training Program. There was a basketball game, food, lots of entertainment, and a ton of prizes given away to those that attended.

School Resource Officer

The School Resource Officer has continued to support the Tribal School regarding safety and security, on and off campus. Deputy Lessard also provides security at various school activities, to include traveling with the sports teams when necessary.

Storefront Police Office

The Storefront, which is located in the lobby area of the Police Department building, has had a steady increase in walk-ins over the years. This community service provides Tribal members the ability to walk in and take advantage of an array of resources regarding Domestic Violence, Narcotics, and various other criminal and non-criminal related issues. Emily Vaomu handles the administrative duties for MPD.

Fishing Dock Patrols

In cooperation with Muckleshoot Fisheries, the Police Department provided extra security/patrols to deter criminal activity at the 1st AVE fishing docks. This was important this year given the increase of homeless encampments and crimes in the Seattle area.

Partnership with Housing Authority

The Muckleshoot Police Department continues to work closely with the Muckleshoot Housing Authority. Deputy Thomas assists the Housing Authority with lease violations, compliance issues, crime prevention, community meetings, reactive and proactive patrol.

The ultimate goal is to make this a place where residents can enjoy a peaceful and crime free environment to improve their quality of life. Emphasis patrols were conducted for Muckleshoot Housing areas, located in the City of Auburn and the unincorporated areas of King County on the reservation.

National Night Out: The Muckleshoot PD team won the annual contest with the Muckleshoot Community team.

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