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Tribal Enforcement Officers

2.01 - Establishment

2.01.001 - Establishment of a Law Enforcement Arm of the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians Government

The Tribe’s Constitution, Article VII, § L, outlines Powers of the General Council to include the establishment of rules and/or procedures for the conduct of the Tribe’s affairs and, by appropriate ordinance or resolution, delegate to the Tribal Council any of its power and duties. Additionally, Article IX, § D, directs the Tribe’s duly elected Tribal Council to possess administrative powers and delegate various powers and duties deemed appropriate to carry out the business of the Tribe. Tribal Council, in concurrence with its responsibilities and duties to the Tribe’s General Council under the Tribe’s Constitution, finds the delegation of duties for the establishment of a law enforcement arm of the government a crucial administrative function that has not yet been codified under the laws of the Tribe.

2.02 - Duties

2.02.001 - Duties the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians Tribal Police Department’s chief officer, “Chief of Police”

The Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians Tribal Council hereby establishes the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians Tribal Police Department with its chief officer, “Chief of Police,” delegated the ultimate responsibility for command over the Tribal Police Department’s personnel and operations. All policies and procedures for the hiring of the Department’s personnel and for the day-to-day operations will be reviewed and approved by Tribal Council. Tribal Council will appoint a Chief of Police upon such terms and conditions of employment as they shall direct. The Chief of Police, with the approval of Tribal Council, shall establish such ranks and appoint and commission officers to serve the Tribe as deemed necessary for the enforcement of ordinances to maintain tribal culture, customs and traditions; to protect all people, lands and resources within the Tribe’s jurisdiction; to administer justice; and to promote equality, freedom, self sufficiency, and quality of life; and otherwise to safeguard and promote the peace, safety, morals, and general welfare of the Tribe.