16 Nation officers certified

Sixteen Oneida Indian Nation police officers have received certification that allows them to enforce federal laws on tribal lands.

The officers received the certification through the U.S. Attorney’s Office after a three-day course held at the Nation’s state-of-the-art training facility in Canastota, according to a new release. The Saint Regis Mohawk police department also participated in the course, which took place in mid-May. The course was part of the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010.

"The special law enforcement commission gives tribal police the ability to investigate and make arrests in federal cases," said Leslie A. Hagen, National Indian Country Training Coordinator for the Justice Department’s Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys.

"This authority, and the protections that go along with it, helps build the capacity of tribal law enforcement to keep their communities safe and strengthens federal and tribal partnerships for public safety."

A total of 34 Oneida Nation officers now have federal certification.