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Wyandotte Nation donates police vehicle to town's volunteer fire department

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From left, Wyandotte Tribal/Municipal Police Department Chief Ken Murphy, Wyandotte Fire Chief Jodi Francisco, and Wyandotte Nation Second Chief Norman Hildebrand, Jr. (Photo by William Swaim/Wyandotte Nation) From left, Wyandotte Tribal/Municipal Police Department Chief Ken Murphy, Wyandotte Fire Chief Jodi Francisco, and Wyandotte Nation Second Chief Norman Hildebrand, Jr. (Photo by William Swaim/Wyandotte Nation)

News release from Wyandotte Nation

The Wyandotte Nation recently donated one of it's out ofservice police vehicles to the Wyandotte Fire Department.

As a general rule, police vehicles are taken out ofservice at around 100,000 miles and are offered to other entities of the Tribe.

In this case, approval was received from triballeadership as well as the Department of Justice to transfer the 2007 FordExplorer to the fire department.

"We're grateful the Tribe donated this to us," said JodiFrancisco, Wyandotte's Fire Chief. "It will help us in pulling our rescue boatand getting our firemen to different places. We're real thankful they were ableto donate it to us."

Wyandotte Nation Second Chief Norman Hildebrand, Jr. saidthey want to give back to the community.

"We made a vow a long time ago that anywhere we had abusiness that we were going to be good neighbors," the Second Chief said."We're always willing to help the Wyandotte city and the Wyandotte schools."

Last fall, Francisco went before the town board to reportthe need for a vehicle capable of towing the department's boat and water rescueequipment. Wyandotte Tribal/Municipal Police Department Chief Ken Murphy andFrancisco discussed the possibility then of donating a police vehicle.

The 2007 Ford Explorer was replaced by a newer vehicle.Once the newer police vehicle went into service, Murphy received approval from WyandotteNation leadership to pursue donating the Explorer to the fire department.

A formal request was also made to the Department ofJustice to transfer the vehicle and the DOJ approved the transfer. DOJ approvalwas required because the vehicle was originally purchased with a federal grantin 2007.

Murphy said the Wyandotte Volunteer Fire Departmentservices a large area and does a great job with limited funding. He said he washappy they could provide them with this SUV.

Background:

Murphy said the Wyandotte Tribal/Municipal PoliceDepartment is unique in that it's the only tribal police department in the U.S.that provides a non-tribal community with their sole source of policeservices.  Most tribes that have law enforcement enter intocross-deputation agreements with state or municipal police departments but hesaid they are the Municipal Police Department in this case. 

The Wyandotte Nation entered into a compact with the Townof Wyandotte to provide police services for a nominal fee. Murphy said they areboth tribal and municipal police officers and employees of both the Wyandotte Nationand the Town. 

The police department has one officer assigned to theWyandotte Public Schools as a DARE/School Resource Officer and one to the NineTribes Drug Task force that serves all of Indian Country in Ottawa County aswell and multiple non-tribal agencies. 

"I'm so proud to work for an organization that is socommunity oriented and has allocated additional police resources to provide asafe and secure environment to the entire area, especially for our youth,"Murphy said.

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