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LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — Tribal police officers on the Nez Perce Reservation in northern Idaho starting April 1 will have the ability to ticket anyone violating federal law on the reservation.
The Lewiston Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1ihBke1) that U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson sent letters late last month to five northern Idaho county sheriffs bordering the Nez Perce Reservation informing them of the change.
The letter announced that U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale had approved a Central Violations Bureau docket giving tribal officers authority to ticket non-tribal members for crimes limited to misdemeanors and petty offenses.
Only tribal officers who have received their Special Law Enforcement Commission from the Bureau of Indian Affairs can issue citations.
Clearwater County Sheriff Chris Goetz says he's concerned about how the new policy will work.
Information from: Lewiston Tribune, http://www.lmtribune.com
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