Bureau delegates authority to Colville law enforcement
At the request of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, the Bureau of Reclamation is delegating authority to enforce federal laws on Reclamation lands within the exterior boundary of the Colville Reservation to certified Tribal police officers. The delegation of authority does not include enforcement of any hunting, fishing or boating regulations.
Colville Tribal Police will join other law enforcement organizations around the Grand Coulee/Lake Roosevelt area to enforce civil laws and expand law enforcement presence around Lake Roosevelt.
“This is a historic milestone,” said Michael Henry, Confederated Colville Tribal Police Chief. “This effort will bridge a gap in law enforcement as well as strengthen the partnership between the Bureau and the Tribe ensuring public safety and protection of important and valuable resources.”