The Tribal Council of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community has supported the Salt River Police Department (SRPD) in launching a new program called the “SRPD Most Wanted Fugitives.”
Considering the number of persons wanted for valid tribal, state and federal warrants, the SRPD recognizes the need for public assistance with the identification and reporting the whereabouts of wanted fugitives. Using a variety of media, the SRPD Intelligence Unit now will regularly publish the names, physical characteristics and warrant information about adult persons wanted for tribal, state and federal warrants. Some of the public media that will be used as part of the Most Wanted Fugitives program include the Au-Authm Action News, the SRPD Web site (www.srpmic-nsn.gov/government/srpd/), text messages, sign boards and flyers. We believe this new program will predictably:
• improve apprehension rates
• improve confidence in the criminal justice system, and
• improve public safety.
All persons who have valid tribal, state and federal warrants must be brought before our courts for the safety of our Community and for the criminal justice system to take appropriate legal action. Many wanted fugitives either live in, work in or frequent our Community. Some people know who these fugitives are, and regrettably they ignore this fact. Even worse, some will aid these fugitives by concealing them or obstructing efforts to locate them. Not only is such action dangerous to these persons and their families, but they may also be committing a criminal act themselves, such as:
• Aiding or abetting (Salt River Community Ordinance 6-2)
• Obstructing (SRCO 6-37)
• False reporting to law enforcement; interfering with a police officer (SRCO 6-38)
• Concealment of fugitives and escapees; accessory after the fact (SRCO 6-39)
• Concealing (Federal Code, 18 USC 1071)
• Obstruction (Federal Code, 18 USC 1511)
Many of the persons who are wanted fugitives have committed serious acts of violence. As long as they remain free, they unfortunately can harm more innocent victims until they are apprehended by police.
Agents of any federal law enforcement agency, such as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the United States Marshals Service, are authorized by law to conduct investigations and make arrests anywhere in the United States, including here within our Community.
How YOU Can Help Our Community!
If you are a wanted fugitive, self-surrender now by turning yourself in at either the SRPD or Salt River Department of Corrections.
If you observe a person who you believe may be a wanted fugitive, do not attempt to apprehend the individual yourself. Call the SRPD anytime at (480) 850-9230.
Don’t Turn Away, Turn Them In! Call 911