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SRPD Members Honored at Indian Country Intelligence Network Awards Ceremony

(L-R) Salt River Clinic nurse practitioner Christina Interpreter, physician Kody Smith, medical director and physician Michael Truesdell and clinic administrator Timothy Joyce.

Members of the Salt River Police Department, including Chief Karl Auerbach, were honored earlier this month at the 2017 Indian Country Intelligence Network Awards Ceremony and Banquet.

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community hosted the ceremony on December 5 at the Council Chambers.

More than two dozen law-enforcement members from tribal nations across Arizona were honored as part of the Indian Country Intelligence Network (ICIN), which was established in 1994 by Auerbach as an effort to organize and share law-enforcement information, expertise and training among the 22 federally recognized tribes in Arizona.

“We are all here gathered as one community and that truly represents who we are as the Indian Country Intelligence Network,” Auerbach said. “ICIN is very, very unique, and it’s a blessing to be able to work alongside each and every one of our partners because it strengthens our ability to serve and protect our communities.”

At the ceremony, Auerbach, who is also the ICIN vice-president, received special recognition for his service. SRPD Off. Ryan McMorris was named Police Officer of the Year, and about a dozen other SRPD officers and staff members received awards (see sidebar for full list of Salt River winners).

SRPD Chief Karl Auerbach receives an Indian Country Intelligence Network Outstanding Exceptional Service award. Auerbach established ICIN in 1994 and is the current vice president. SRPD Animal Control Technician Travaleah Chavez and Miss Salt River Micah Carlos. Chavez received an ICIN Community Service award for her service.
SRPMIC President Delbert W. Ray, Sr. delivered the keynote address, Vice-President Martin Harvier offered welcome remarks, and Council member Ricardo Leonard shared a blessing and a traditional song. Council members Thomas Largo, Deanna Scabby and David Antone were also in attendance.

“I’m so honored to be here today to share the words of encouragement to each one of you for the work that you do, for the sacrifices that you make,” Ray said. “Today we are here to celebrate your achievements and honor you for your exceptional service. You have all made us proud.”

The ceremony included a short video explaining ICIN that featured many SRPD highlights. A free meal was also provided to guests. SRPMIC and the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona sponsored the ceremony. For more ICIN information, visit www.itcaonline.com.