Agency Type: Police Department
Population Size, based on the most recent U.S. Census Bureau: 951
Agency Size: 17 total - 12 sworn; 5 non-sworn
Initiative Partnership(s): Inter-Tribal Council of Louisiana; Institute for Indian Development
Grant Focus Area(s): Personnel; Intimate Partner Violence
The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana Police Department has a staff of 12 sworn officers, serving a population of almost 1,000 individuals within their tribal grounds. Officers within the community often do not possess enough resources to ensure a complete and accurate crime report, obtain and process forensic evidence, or provide survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence with adequate and timely support.
The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana Police Department plans to fund enhanced patrol capacity by increasing overtime hours and specialty details, enhanced community involvement activities, and the purchase of forensic hardware and software to improve the investigative ability for assault-related crimes, including intimate partner violence and sexually motivated crimes. The increased patrol capacity will allow officers to conduct investigations more thoroughly. This may lead to increased arrests while also serving as a deterrent to potential assaults. New forensic technology will enhance evidence gathering and support victim testimonies. The Tunica-Biloxi Tribe intends for these efforts to significantly reduce assault crimes within its community.