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Public Safety

Cowlitz Indian Tribal

Public Safety Department

IF YOU ARE EXPERIENCING AN EMERGENCY, DO NOT HESITATE TO CALL 911

Our Mission

To follow and carry out the guidance of the Cowlitz Indian tribe’s: constitution; laws; ordinance; civil and criminal statutes; and the rules and regulations, in a spirit of support for the Cowlitz tribal members. We strive in fostering justice, freedom, and equality for the Cowlitz tribal members.

The department was created to continue in backing social-economic justices for the Cowlitz people; to protect and secure the aboriginal's lands and natural resources, and therein preserve the Cowlitz culture.
 



The Director of the Cowlitz Indian Tribal Public Safety Department (CITPSD) is the highest-ranking officer in the Police Department under the authority of the Cowlitz Tribal Code. The Director is appointed by and accountable to the Cowlitz Tribal Council. This position is responsible for the conduct of operations, the efficient and effective utilization of the department’s financial and human resources, and planning.

CITPSD is committed to integrating community policing and community outreach to reduce crime and solve problems proactively.

The Cowlitz Indian Tribal Public Safety Department emphasizes building trust and providing open lines of communication with the community while providing exceptional service to meet the needs and priorities of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and its members. The Department is committed to upholding and protecting the Cowlitz Indian Tribe and its sovereignty. 

Frequently asked questions

Need more information?

 

  • Records requests & general inquiries call during office hours. 
  • To reach an officer after 5 pm call 911 to be directed to our department.
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Is this an emergency? If so, dial 911.

  1. Did the incident happen on the Cowlitz Reservation or Cowlitz Tribal Properties?
  2. Do you know the suspect(s) or where to find the suspect(s) who committed the crime?
  3. Do you know the license plate number of the vehicle the suspect(s) were in?
  4. Did the incident involve firearms (used by a suspect or taken in a theft)?
  5. Did the incident involve theft of a motor vehicle or licensed trailer?
  6. If you can answer “Yes” to the first question you can file your report by calling: Clark County Non-Emergency number or 311.  An officer will be notified to contact you to take a full report of the incident.

Filing a false police report is a crime - A person who knowingly makes a false or misleading material statement to a police officer may be found guilty of a crime.  "Material statement" means a written or oral statement reasonably likely to be relied upon by a police officer for investigation.

Requests of records should be submitted through the Public Safety Administration Dept. 

  • You will need to fill out the proper form and submit your request for records. 
    *Note:  all requests will be reviewed for approval once received.

 

What to expect after you submit a request

Within five business days after the receipt of a request, a Cowlitz Tribal representative will do one or more of the following:

  • Make requested records available for inspection or copying
  • Acknowledge the receipt of the request and provide a reasonable estimate of when requested records will be available.
  • Seek clarification of unclear requests.
  • Deny the request and cite the legal exemption.

 

Will I be charged for public records? 

  • Fees vary according to the records being requested.

Identity theft involves a category of crimes; including burglary, auto prowl, theft, mail theft, check fraud, forgery and criminal impersonation. Victims can be devastated by the effects this crime has on their financial well-being. One act can lead to an almost endless series of crimes. Most losses are not monetary, so damage can be difficult to quantify.

The justice system is often overwhelmed with cases, resulting in ineffective punishment when compared with the number of crimes committed.

Unfortunately, Identity Theft is a problem for everyone living, working, doing business or banking in Clark County. There are things you can do and steps you can take to protect yourself. If you have already been victimized there are resources available to help you. Join us in our efforts to Impact Identity Theft. The following are some basic rules to follow to protect your identity and what to do if you are the victim of identity theft.

What to do if your identity (wallet, purse, checkbook, social security number, etc.) is stolen

  • Obtain a Police Report number, your banking institution will need it for reference.
  • Cancel your credit cards immediately, but the key is having the toll-free numbers and your credit card numbers handy so you know whom to call. Keep those where you can find them easily.
  • File a police report immediately in the jurisdiction where it was stolen, as this proves to the credit providers you were diligent and is the first step toward an investigation.
  • Call the three national credit reporting organizations immediately to place a fraud alert on your name and social security number. The alert means any company that checks your credit knows your information was stolen and they have to contact you by phone to authorize new credit.

 

National Credit Reporting Organizations
Equifax – 800.525.6285
Experian (formerly TRW) - 800.301.7195
Trans Union - 800.680.7289

Social Security Administration Fraud Line – 800.269.0271
Federal Trade Commission – 877-IDTHEFT  (877.438.4338)

More Resources to Help Protect Your Identity
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Click here for more information about recovering from identity theft or fraud

If you are a victim of Domestic Violence there is help for you and services available.

Tribal, local government, and law enforcement along with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is committed to protecting the public and ensuring that the rights of victims are carefully observed.

HSI administers a Victim Notification Program which allows eligible victims and witnesses to obtain reliable, timely information regarding a criminal alien's release from custody. Victims and witnesses are required to register with ICE in order to receive a notification.

Resources: 

  • Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) - VINELink - Empowering Victims of Crime
  • HSI Victim Notification Program - Victim Notification Program | Homeland Security
  • Pathways to Healing Program - Cowlitz - Click here to learn more about PTH  
    • To be eligible you must be a Native American or Alaska Native (you do not have to be enrolled) who has experienced or know someone who has experienced, domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking at any point in your life. Services are also available to clients of all other Health and Human Services Programs regardless of Native identity.

Do you need to fill out a collision report form?

Washington State Patrol provides these forms at the following website: Washington State Patrol Collision Report

Click the link below to view and print the form.

 Citizen Complaint Form

Public Safety Department

Quick Resources

Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) - VINELink - Empowering Victims of Crime

HSI Victim Notification Program - Victim Notification Program | Homeland Security

Pathways to Healing Program - Cowlitz - Click here to learn more about PTH  

  • To be eligible you must be a Native American or Alaska Native (you do not have to be enrolled) who has experienced or know someone who has experienced, domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking at any point in your life. Services are also available to clients of all other Health and Human Services Programs regardless of Native identity.

You are not alone. There are adults who care. If you are a child or teenager in crisis and need help immediately, please consult one of the following toll-free national hotlines or contact your local police or emergency services. All hotlines are free.

 

  • Boys Town National Hotline 1.800.448.3000
    Crisis and support line for children, youth and their parents, 24/7 and Spanish available. Multi-topic and issue assistance.

  • Childhelp 1.800.4ACHILD
    Provides 24/7 assistance in 170 languages to adults, children and youth with information and questions regarding child abuse. All calls are anonymous and confidential.

  • National Runaway Safeline 1.800.RUNAWAY
    Crisis line for youth thinking about running away, for youth already on the run and for adults worried about a runaway. 24/7 help available.

  • Loveisrespect.org 1.800.331.9474
    Peer advocates are available 24/7 to support teens with concerns about dating violence. Chat available thru their website, or text loveis to 22522.
  • Trevor Project Lifeline 1.866.488.7386
    Provides 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1.800.273.TALK
    Support and assistance 24/7 for anyone feeling depressed, overwhelmed or suicidal.

Recovering From Identity Theft or Fraud | Washington State

National Credit Reporting Organizations

  • Equifax – 800.525.6285
  • Experian (formerly TRW) - 800.301.7195
  • Trans Union - 800.680.7289

Social Security Administration Fraud Line – 800.269.0271

Federal Trade Commission – 877-IDTHEFT  (877.438.4338)

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Public Safety Department

Administration Office Hours
M - F | 8 am - 5 pm 

Call 911 after office hours
to be transferred to our police.

31501 NW 31ST AVE RIDGEFIELD, WA 98642
(360) 727-2119

About

The legacy of an ancient people in southwest Washington is rich with descendants who manage a growing portfolio of health, education, scientific research, housing, transportation, development, elder care, conservation and legal issues. The Cowlitz Tribe is a growing force in community building in what are now Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis and parts of Pierce, Skamania and Wahkiakum Counties, a vast territory occupied by numerous Cowlitz villages prior to non-Cowlitz exploration and seizure. Today, an elected Tribal Council is composed of professionals adept at managing multiple programs and projects.