On January 22, the Salt River Police Department (SRPD) hosted an informational meeting and day long presentation at the SRPMIC Two Waters Complex at the request of members from the Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians community government and the Pauma police department. The Pauma Band is located north of Escondido (Imperial County), California.
The Pauma Band police department currently operates under authority of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). Pauma representatives are exploring a transition from the BIA to fully self-directed Tribal operations (Office of Self Governance) similar to that of the Salt River Police Department. During the meeting the SRPD shared experiences, industry standards and best practices with the California tribe.
SRPMIC President Delbert Ray Sr., stopped in to welcome the guests to the Community. SRPD Chief Patrick Melvin and Assistant Chief Karl Auerbach led the day’s agenda. The visitors took a tour of the SRPD Headquarters, SRPD Osborn Road District Station, SRPD Records Bureau and examined the SRPD official Police vehicles. They received informational packets including history of the SRPD, recruiting and hiring processes, policies and procedures, information about contracts, grants, intelligence / proactive policing analytics, strategic planning and Community-Based Policing Programs and Projects as well as relationships with the Community, departments and neighboring jurisdictions. Also on the agenda were discussions about gangs, narcotics, crimes against children and the Family Advocacy Center.
“I was very impressed at the level of policing occurring on the Salt River Indian Reservation, said Pauma Tribal Police Department Chief Duane Sherman, Sr. “Too many times in Indian Country we learn to live with the limitations imposed upon us as native people by other governments. It is great to see that the Tribal Members of the Salt River native community have such a progressive and disciplined police force.”