Whirlwind of Change For Nez Perce Police Force
David Rogers officially returned to his Nez Perce tribal origins in October 2013, when he was hired as the tribe’s Chief of Police in Lapwai, Idaho. Twenty-two months have now passed and the improvements in staffing, vehicles, morale, programs and public acceptance have been phenomenal. ICTMN had an opportunity to talk with Chief Rogers about the changes he’s implemented.
Rogers had 41 years in criminal justice and had spent the previous 15 years running the Indian Country Training Initiative for Cops Office. During that time he visited nearly every tribal community with a police department – making for long road trips. “I think my record was 280 nights on the road in one year,” he laughed. It was time to settle down. This background plus work in such areas as law enforcement and probation made him an excellent choice for Nez Perce Chief of Police.