Police coverage is about to change significantly for the residents of Watersmeet and Watersmeet Township.
Written by Jesse Baroka on February 19, 2019
WATERSMEET, Mich. – Police coverage is about to change significantly for the residents of Watersmeet and Watersmeet Township. New decisions by Watersmeet leadership have forced out the longstanding 24/7 coverage of the area by the Lac Vieux Desert Tribal Police with the intent to stand up a small, one to three officer, municipal police force. In October 2018, Watersmeet Township, which is home to the Tribe, voted to implement its own police department to provide law enforcement services effective March 31, 2019. For years, Watersmeet Township and the Tribe have worked cooperatively to provide law enforcement services to the area through the Tribal Police Department – a fully functioning 24/7 policing and corrections agency in which the officers are cross deputized through the Gogebic County Sherriff’s Office, federally-commissioned and MCOLES certified. In a recent conversation with Watersmeet Township community members, Tribal Chairman James Williams, Jr. stated, “Both the Tribe and the Tribal Police Department remain committed to doing their part to maintain and improve public safety in and around Watersmeet Township. Under this new law enforcement structure, we will continue to ensure coverage within our jurisdiction to keep the Watersmeet community safe.”