Here at Navajo Council Budget & Finance Committee meeting at the B&F Committee meeting room in Window Rock, Ariz. Click on B&F 2-4-14 AGENDA to see today’s B&F agenda.
The B&F Committee is scheduled to have a joint meeting with Resources & Development Committee at 1 p.m. today at the Council chamber in Window Rock. Click on B&F AND RDC 2-4-14 AGENDA to see agenda for joint meeting.
The RDC, like the B&F, is meeting separately before their Joint Meeting at 1 p.m. today. Click on RDC 2-4-14 AGENDA to see RDC’s agenda.
Coconino County Supervisor Lena Fowler is here in support of LEGISLATION 0019-14: APPROVING AN AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE NAVAJO NATION AND COCONINO COUNTY, ARIZONA, FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AT TWIN ARROWS CASINO. DELEGATE WALTER PHELPS IS THE SPONSOR.
It’s a life safety issue. Ensure safety of Navajo police officers if need backup and patrons and employees. Twin Arrows right off I-40 and things can happen. This for adequate police safety.
This started in June 2013 when gambling enterprise approached Navajo Nation Office of the Prez and Vice Prez. If something happens out there in Twin Arrows, tribal police are cross commissioned but tribal police are in remote area and why asked Coconino County for assitance and backup. Navajo Nation Gambling Office to provide training on tribal laws.
I believe this place needs 24/7 police. In November 2013 at meeting, gave vehicle to valet and 30 minutes later pulled out of meeting cuz vehicle rear-ended. I knew no police coverage and I waited for 3 hours. Dilkon police suppose to have coverage. I got tired of waiting and tribal police put vehicle insurance in jeopardy. Az Dept of Police Safety were outside but they left. I started wondering if had agreement with Az state police so why didn’t they do anything. I’m asking if cross commission agreement between tribe and ADPS. Secondly, So will this Legislation mean that victims of crimes have to wait for police from Flagstaff? We have agreements with other counties but we shud have one with ADPS. When rearended, ADPS was at the scene but officer didn’t feel obligated to file report, to do anything.
We did approve ADPS cross commissioning agreement and that was Delegate Duane Tsinigine’s bill that B&F aproved. But remember even if cross commissioned agreement, officer needs to be trained first by Navajo Dept of Justice. So maybe ADPS officer lacked cross commissioning card but they still shud have been able to do report.
NAVAJO DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL DANA BOBROFF
Called NDOJ and attorney Paul Spruhan handles public safety and he better to answer questions.
DELEGATE NELSON BEGAY
The entire reservation needs tribal police coverage 24/7.
NDOJ ATTORNEY PAUL SPRUHAN
We have cross commissioning agreement with ADPS from Navajo Nation. But not all may have attended training by NDOJ and received cross commissioned card from the Navajo Nation.
vote at 11:31 am on having agreement with Coconino County Sheriff’s Department to assist Navajo police at Twins Arrows Casino & Resourt was 5 in favor, 0 opposed