United Tribes NewsBIA law enforcement director visits United Tribes
28 October 2010
BISMARCK (UTN) - The newly-appointed head of law enforcement for the Bureau of Indian Affairs toured United Tribes Technical College October 14. Darren A. Cruzan, Deputy Bureau Director of the BIA Office of Justice Services, met with college officials during the visit.
Cruzan’s tour included the new United Tribes science and technology building. He was accompanied by Elmer Four Dance, Special Agent in Charge of the bureau’s District 1 Regional Office, Aberdeen, SD.
Four Dance recently met at the college with officials from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center’s Rural Policing Institute and UTTC to set training priorities for the upcoming year.
Cruzan met with Dr. Phil Baird, VP Academic, Career and Technical Education, and other UTTC staff to discuss the training and educational initiatives in detail.
Cruzan was interested to learn that 43 different tribes are represented in college’s student body in the current term.
His special interest was in the Indian Country-specific course curricula in the Criminal Justice Program, and the college’s initiatives in the area of law enforcement training.
For several years, United Tribes has been creating partnerships with law enforcement agencies for training, increased coordination of law enforcement services, enhanced training opportunities for Indian country and rural policing agencies, and the development of a law enforcement training center at the college.
Cruzan expressed an interest in the training at UTTC and recruiting accomplished students for employment as Indian country law enforcement professionals. He also said he would be interested in meeting further with UTTC and tribal officials to further common objectives.
Cruzan is an enrolled member of the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma. He was appointed September 27 to head up BIA law enforcement by Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Larry Echo Hawk. He was selected for, among other things, his knowledge and experience in law enforcement at all levels within Indian Country. He served as a tribal police officer, law enforcement trainer at the Indian Police Academy, and criminal investigator. As a Supervisory Special Agent at Crow Agency, MT, his department was pivotal in reducing the number of DUI related fatalities on the reservation. Most recently he was a division chief in the Pentagon’s Force Protection Agency in Washington, DC.
At the time of his appointment, Cruzan mentioned the need for “creative, innovative and meaningful initiatives” to improve the quality of life for tribal communities.
“The recently signed Tribal Law and Order Act affords us the unique opportunity to improve law enforcement services in Indian Country and promotes positive changes in the way we serve and protect our people,” he said.
Cruzan said he would be interested in returning to UTTC for the college’s graduation ceremony in the spring.
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