Kickapoo Tribe Selects New Chief Of Police

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BROWN COUNTY, Kan. -- Steve Cadue, Chair of the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas announced Friday the Tribal Council has agreed to make Mike Dougherty its next Chief of Police.

In the announcement, Chairman Cadue said, “Mike Dougherty brings a wealth of experience and credibility to the office of Chief of Police for the Kickapoo Tribe and we appreciate his willingness to serve the Kickapoo People.”

Dougherty successfully completed all of the requirements for certification as a law enforcement officer by the Law Enforcement Training Commission in 1997 and since that time has received Middle Management training as well, both received at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center in Hutchinson, Kan. He has received similar training and certification from the State of Nebraska and also completed the Criminal Jurisdiction in Indian Country Training Program administered by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Cadue also stated that “Dougherty’s commitment to law enforcement is demonstrated by his enthusiasm for the position, as evidenced by the fact he will relinquish his position as Chair of the Sac and Fox Nation to accept the position with the Kickapoo Tribe.” Cadue went on to say “Dougherty is a lawman’s lawman. He knows how to work with the Indian community and our surrounding law enforcement professionals, having been the former chief of police of the Sac and Fox Nation and has an excellent professional relationship with fellow law officers including the Sheriff John Merchant of Brown County, tribal officers of the other three Native American Tribes in Kansas, the Kansas Highway Patrol and Federal authorities.”

The Kickapoo Tribal police department provides law enforcement services on the Tribe’s reservation located approximately five miles west of Horton, Kan. in Brown County. Tribal police work closely with both tribal and non-tribal law enforcement agencies located outside the boundaries of the tribal reservation.

The Kickapoo Tribal Police are headquartered in the Thomas Conklin Law Enforcement Center located on the tribal reservation, which was dedicated by the U.S. Attorney for Kansas Barry Grissom to the memory and service of former Kickapoo Police Chief Tom Conklin, who was killed in a traffic accident in 2009.