AMBER Alert in Indian Country Toolkits are ‘On the Move!’

Members of the Hopi and Paiute Tribal Police Departments with their newly-received AMBER Alert in Indian Country Toolkits

When a child goes missing, Law Enforcement response time is critical, and to be effective they need the right tools. The AMBER Alert in Indian Country Initiative (AIIC) assists Tribal Law Enforcement in establishing an AMBER Alert plan or to collaborate with their states in adopting their current AMBER Alert plan.  With the development of an alerting toolkit through AIIC, Tribal law enforcement have access to those tools needed when a child goes missing.

The AMBER Alert in Indian Country (AIIC) Technology Toolkit consists of the following equipment.

  • Panasonic Toughbook tablet
  • Headset
  • Webcam
  • Document scanner
  • Digital camera with memory card
  • Accessories: batteries, cables and a ruggedized case for transport and storage

February 10, 2022: The Las Vegas Paiute Tribe receives their AIIC toolkit

Las Vegas Paiute Officer Randy Salyer (left) and Las Vegas Paiute Captain Harry DuBray (right)
Las Vegas Paiute Officer Randy Salyer (left) and Las Vegas Paiute Captain Harry DuBray (right)

The Las Vegas Tribe of Paiute Indians of the Las Vegas Indian Colony is a federally recognized tribe of Southern Paiute Indians in Southern Nevada. The mission of the Tribe’s police department reads, “The members of the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe Police Department pledge to serve all citizens with respect, fairness and compassion. The members are dedicated to prevent crime, to protect life and property, to maintain law and order, and to enforce the law.” The resources included in the AIIC toolkit will support Tribal officers and support personnel in that important work, by helping them in being prepared to respond to a call for help when a child goes missing.

Thank you, Las Vegas Paiute Tribe, for your service.

February 14, 2022: The Hopi Police Department receives a “Valentine” of sorts from AIIC

Hopi P.D. Lieutenant Jarvis Qumyintewa (left) and Hopi P.D. Chief of Police Virgil Pinto (right)
Hopi P.D. Lieutenant Jarvis Qumyintewa (left) and Hopi P.D. Chief of Police Virgil Pinto (right)

What a nice “Valentine’s Day” gift one might say, as the Hopi Police Department received their AMBER Alert in Indian Country (AIIC) Technology Toolkit! The Hopi Police Department provides effective, efficient, proactive community policing to the Hopi/Tewa villages and surrounding communities near the exterior boundaries of the Hopi Tribe. Their mission statement reads, “We, the members of Hopi Resource Enforcement Services, pledge to our people in providing quality, professional law enforcement service to the community, protecting life, culture, and natural resources of the Hopi Tribe.”

By having policy, plans, resources – and now this AIIC toolkit – they are on track to respond to the call for help when a person goes missing, especially our children. Thank you, Hopi Police Department, for your service.