Osage Nation Police Department Enters into a Letter of Agreement with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation
OSAGE NATION RESERVATION, OKLA. (December 5, 2023) – On November 13, 2023, the Osage Nation Police Department (ONPD) signed a Letter of Agreement (LOA) with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) to electronically submit their reportable tribal arrest information to the OSBI central repository. This collaborative information sharing significantly contributes to a safer workforce and community for all Oklahomans by enhancing cross-jurisdictional transparency.
“This is a critical step forward to ensure that tribal, state, and federal law enforcement all have access to an individual’s criminal record,” said Public Safety Cabinet Secretary and ONPD Chief Nick Williams. “We are proud of this historic agreement that will result in safer communities for all Oklahomans while strengthening our tribal sovereignty. Osage Nation is committed to holding those who commit a crime accountable for their actions and we appreciate our state and federal law enforcement partners joining us in this mission.”
With the assistance of the Osage Nation’s Attorney General’s Office, a disposition of criminal history will be uploaded to the individual’s criminal background, allowing repeat offenders to be held accountable when and if they leave the Osage Nation jurisdiction. Osage Nation is responsible for providing filing and disposition reports to the District Attorney’s office in the county where state charges are filed so that the District Attorney can report the disposition information to the OSBI central repository.
This agreement is part of a multi-year effort by the Osage Nation. In September 2017, the ONPD collaborated with the ON Court System, ON Human Resources, ON SORNA Program, ON Housing Department, ON Social Services/Child Protective Services, the Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Tribal Access Program (TAP) to implement a Kiosk machine that can report crime statistics to the Federal Bureau of Investigation through a National Data Base allowing criminal history information to be shared across the United States throughout law enforcement communities.
For more information about the ONPD, please visit https://www.osagenation-nsn.gov/services/law-enforcement-department.