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NCJ Number: 200110 Find in a Library
Title: Indian Country Law Enforcement and the Challenges of Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws
Corporate Author: American Indian Development Associates
United States of America
Date Published: November 2002
Page Count: 27
Sponsoring Agency: American Indian Development Associates
Albuquerque, NM 87104
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Sale Source: American Indian Development Associates
2401 12th Street, NW, Suite 212
Albuquerque, NM 87104
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report describes the underage drinking problem present in many Indian reservations and communities and then examines the challenges faced by Indian Country law enforcement authorities.
Abstract: Alcohol consumption among youth has become a pervasive problem in Indian communities across the Nation. It is imperative that tribal communities enlist the help of other law enforcement and service and treatment agencies to help combat the problem of underage drinking. The handbook describes the jurisdiction issues and Federal laws governing criminal justice authority over crimes committed in Indian country. Law enforcement efforts in tribal communities differ; some tribes that have their own tribal police while other tribal communities fall under the authority of State or county law enforcement agencies. Direct law enforcement responses to the problem of underage drinking in tribal communities include the use of specialty patrols and compliance checks. Cooperation with off-reservation law enforcement agencies is necessary to stop problems such as off-reservation points of sale to minors. Cross-Deputization is described as a procedure in which off-reservation officers are granted authority to enforce laws in tribal communities and vice versa, aiding in the effectiveness of the collaboration. The handbook describes the value of collaborations and offers a framework for achieving a successful partnership with another agency. Finally, the benefits of community policing are discussed and successful community programs are described that help officers integrate themselves into the local community.
Main Term(s): American Indians; Underage Drinking
Index Term(s): Interagency cooperation; Jurisdiction; Law enforcement; Police-private police cooperation; Reservation law enforcement
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