WORLEY, Idaho -- The Coeur d'Alene Tribe presented two vehicles to the
Shoshone County Sheriff's Department Dec. 22, as a gesture to establish
good relations between the two law enforcement agencies.
"The tribe is committed to supporting local law enforcement and their
officers who protect our communities," Chairman Chief Allan said. "Part of
being a good neighbor is supporting and sharing available resources for the
benefit of public safety."
The 1998 Dodge truck and 1999 Ford Crown Victoria will be used by the
county's Drug Task Force and School Resource Officer, Sheriff Chuck
The gift comes in the wake of a rash of drug-related burglaries in Idaho's
"The donation is seen as a way to build trust in order to better serve both
departments," tribal spokesman Quanah Spencer said.
The Coeur d'Alene reservation is situated in Benewah and Kootenai counties,
which border Shoshone County. Tribal police are already cross-deputized
with the Benewah and Kootenai counties' sheriff's departments and hope to
cement a similar arrangement with Shoshone County. That would allow
officers to train together and work in greater cooperation, he said.
"Drug enforcement is one of the tribe's top priorities. We have a zero
tolerance here," Spencer said. "We want to work with all police agencies to
do our part."