U.S. Bureau Of Indian Affairs/ Office of Justice Services
Coyote Valley Reservation Police Department
“Committed to our Community”
Thanks to the support of the Tribal Council and Members of the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians, the Coyote Valley Reservation Police is one of Leaders in Tribal Law Enforcement in the State of California.
CVRPD is recognized by the Federal, State and County Government as another full time Police Departments in Mendocino County.
On January 21, 2014, BIA Special Agent in Charge Fischer authorized the Coyote Valley Reservation Police Department as a Federally Commissioned Law Enforcement Agency (Deputation Agreement). CVRPD are considered Federal Officers of the U.S. Department of Interior BIA, Office of Justice Services. CVRPD has the same authority as BIA Federal Police Officers under 25 U.S.C. 2803. This now allows CVRPD officers to enforce Federal laws as well as State of California laws (830.8 PC). CVRPD also enforces the CVBPI Law & Order Codes via tribal citation into Tribal Court.
Federal Deputy Special Officers are deemed as employees of the Department of the Interior for purposes of the Federal Tort Claims and 18 USC Title 111- Assault, Resist or Impede a Federal Officer. As a result, the BIA commission gives the tribe some protection from legal liability because the Federal Government assumes more responsibility for the officer’s actions if the officer is operating within the scope of his/her federal authority. Officers are eligible for Federal commissions if they are a graduate of the BIA Law Enforcement (Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Artesia, NM or State) Academy; a full-time law enforcement employee; pass FBI criminal history check, federal background investigation, have successfully had federal background adjudicated by certified BIA trained Adjudicator and have firearms certification.
Obtaining a Federal Deputation Agreement was a strategic goal adopted by the tribe in order to ensure a sound and safe environment for the tribal community.
- All police officers are deputized as Bureau of Indian Affairs Federal Police Officers.
- All the CVRPD Officers enforce Federal, State and Tribal Law.
- All hiring and training is consistent with California POST and B.I.A. requirements.
CVRPD has contract dispatch services with Mendocino County Sheriff Dispatch along with an agreement for booking of suspect(s) into the Mendocino County Jail for violations of California Penal Code sections and Federal law as needed. Criminal reports written by CVRPD are submitted directly to the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office for review of criminal charges. With this new authority CVRPD is able to handle all crimes which occur on the reservation without the need of a MCSO Deputy to take the report. MCSO and other agencies will respond to assist CVRPD only when requested for back-up or in the absence of CVRPD being on duty.
Chief Louie Torres began his career in 1998 while working as a contract U.S. DOD Police Officer. In 2001, he joined the Sonoma County Department of Health as an Investigator until he was hired in 2003 as an officer with Coyote Valley. In 2006, he was hired as the Chief of Police for the Cahto Tribe of the Laytonville Rancheria. In 2009, he spent a short time working for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as an ICE Federal Agent. Chief Torres returned to the Cahto Tribe as the Chief of Police. In May of 2009, he became the “Acting” Chief of Police for the Coyote Valley Reservation Police Department. Chief Torres continued to work for both tribes and eventually resigned from Cahto Tribe and came to Coyote Valley as the Chief of Police in 2011.
Education & Training: REMI- University of Arkansas Rural Executive Management Institute program, FBI LEEDA Command Institute for Law Enforcement Executives, FEMA ICS (All modules), U.S. DHS Flying Armed program, POST 832, U.S. BIA FLETC Indian Police Academy, FLETC DRO training, Drug Endangered Children program by U.S. DHS FLETC, Digital Photography for Law Enforcement by U.S. DHS FLETC.
Memberships: International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), California Tribal Police Chiefs Association, FBI LEEDA, FBI LEO, Fight Crime Invest in Kids, National Native American Law Enforcement Association, Northern California Regional Intelligence, High Intensity Drug Trafficking Network.
I am excited to have the opportunity to work in the Coyote Valley community and for the Coyote Valley Reservation Police Department. My goal is to ensure the safety of our community through service, and teamwork, with an emphasis on community engagement and policing.
Though my passion is community policing, I have received specialized training in areas that include: Internet crimes against children, Crime Scene Investigations (C.S.I.) Crime Prevention Specialist, Advance latent print development, Advance interview and interrogations, Field Training Officer (F.T.O.), and Background Investigations. Throughout my career, I have worked on several high profile cases from a cold case homicide to sexual assaults. I have used my advanced skills to assist local and Federal agencies in numerous interviews and interrogations to aid victims of crimes.
I moved to the Coyote Valley Reservation Police Department in 2014 to take on the role of Sergeant, where I currently serve as a Patrol Supervisor and Field Training Officer (F.T.O).
Tim is an active member of the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians. Tim has been with the Coyote Valley Police Department since 2007 as a Public Safety Officer.
Jerry G. Thompson, an enrolled member of the Paiute Tribe of Utah was sworn in as Federal Police Officer with the Coyote Valley Reservation Police Department on November 15, 2014.
Officer Thompson brings a wide range of law enforcement experience to CVRPD, beginning in 2011 with the United States Department of Homeland Security. He served as a Federal Officer with DHS, until 2013, when he was hired by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and assigned to District IV, Office of Justice Services (law enforcement), at the Ute Mountain Ute Agency in Towaoc, Colorado.
In April 2014, Thompson was sent on a 21-day detail to the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming. At Wind River he assisted other BIA Police Officers and Special Agents with saturation patrols, safety checkpoints, and highway interdiction operations. Thompson’s participation was pivotal in reducing the number of highway-related crimes and incidents during a critical period for the tribes of Wind River.
Thompson has also worked special details at the Hopi Indian Reservation in northeast Arizona and the Mescalero Apache Reservation in southeast New Mexico. At these reservations he worked with the BIA K9 Unit in an array of enforcement operations.
Officer Thompson is a graduate of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Volunteer First Responder Program (2011), and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration from the University of Phoenix.
My Name is Miguel Hinojosa. I was born and raised in Oakland, CA. I joined the United States Marine Corps in 1995, at which I served a total of 15 years with an honorable discharge. After serving my country, I was hired as a California Highway Patrol Officer, later to graduate with the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Academy. After graduating, I was sworn in as a Police Officer for the Stockton Unified School District for 2 years all the while continuing my search for better opportunities in law enforcement.
My name is Christopher Cypher, I was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. I had the honor of serving my country in the United States Navy for four years where I was decorated with two Navy achievement medals for outstanding performance in the line of duty.