Law Enforcement



Our commitment is to provide safety and leadership to the tribal members of the Lake Traverse Reservation, ensuring that all people feel safe and secure in their homes and communities. This mission is founded on trust, integrity, and pursuit of excellence. We resolve to attract and retain employees dedicated to providing quality, cost effective service.

We continue to strive for a reputation of excellence. We maintain the highest standards of professional ethics and personal integrity, while respecting and upholding the traditions and customs of the Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation. We manage all of our resources including people, equipment, and technology prudently and effectively. Our communication is direct, open, and respectful. We value our unity and our difference, recognizing that there is strength in both. Our commitment to a safe and healthy workplace is shown through high morale, job satisfaction, and continually enhanced performance.

Emergency management works collaboratively to provide emergency services to the communities within the Lake Traverse Reservation as a result from all acts of natural or human disasters. We develop strategies for rescue efforts to prevent the possibility of loss of life, minimize property loss, and/or provide the basic living necessities through a comprehensive plan of mitigation, preparedness, response-time and recovery.

Phone: 605-698-7661

SWO Crime Tip Hotline: 605-742-0088




The Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate’s anonymous crime tip hotline is safe, secure and effective – but far too underutilized. We encourage the Oyate to jot this number down, 605-742-0088. We hope that those who have always wanted to do the right thing, but have not spoken up for fear of reprisal, will help the Tribal Police to obtain information on situations that are happening out on the Reservation. The Tribal Police Department needs information. They need help to reduce the crime rate in our community. If you won’t talk directly to the police, please tell us what you know by calling 605-742-0088 and leave your information on this hotline. It would be greatly appreciated. You are not right to remain silent. Fight crime 100% anonymously. For yourself. For your Oyate.

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Construction for the SWO Detention Center is underway!