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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.