Law Enforcement Department

The primary purpose and mission of our police department is to protect and serve the TRIBAL MEMBERS and TRIBAL PROPERTIES in our jurisdiction. The responsibilities associated with this purpose and mission are many. They include enforcement of LTBB Statutes, support of LTBB Constitution and the Constitution of the United States, maintaining the peace and order of the Tribe, protecting the property and personal safety of the Tribe, and generally assisting Tribal Members in urgent situations.


When joining LTBB Police Department, officers will make it’s responsibilities their own. Officers are expected to carry out these responsibilities diligently and courteously, and to take pride in the services they provide. Officers will deliver a quality, truthful and community oriented police service to Tribal Members, and NonTribal members alike. As police officers we will respect all tribal customs, tribal lands and tribal beliefs associated with LTBB of ODAWA INDIANS.


It will not be the role of this police department to legislate, render legal judgements, nor to punish.


In meeting this purpose and mission, it will be our duty to act fairly and justly, and to operate as a public service organization to the TRIBE.


The Bureau of Indian Affairs has issued Special Law Enforcement Commissions (SLEC) to LTBB Tribal Police. These commissions allow Tribal Police to assist in the enforcement of applicable federal criminal statutes, including the federal hunting and fishing regulations, in Indian Country, as defined in Title 18 of the United States Code, Section 1151. The commissions expire three years from the date of issuance and can be revoked for cause. The SLEC authorizes Tribal Police to enforce only federal criminal laws applicable to Indian Country, namely the General Crimes Act, and the Major Crimes Act along with Non-Indian Misdemeanor Violations Docket.


Tribal Police have successfully obtained jail space through Charlevoix and Cheboygan County Sheriff Departments. Jail Space is contracted by the number of days a person is incarcerated and only used for violations of Tribal Codes.


Dispatchers provide services such as radio communications to officers in the field, incoming requests for police services, provide Law Enforcement Information Network/National Criminal Information Center information to officers and can provide a directory of resources when you call the police department.


The LTBB Law Enforcement with the LTBB Sex Offender Registration and Notification Team has completed our Substantial Implementation documentation to the U.S. Department of Justice and LTBB is compliant with the requirements set forth by the Michigan Sex Offenders Registration Act and the federal Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act.


Tribal Council has enacted a Tribal Statute, the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Statute (SORNS), WOS 2012-008 which requires any convicted sex offender who resides on Tribal land, are employed by the Tribe, including our enterprises, attend school at any of the Tribe’s buildings or are staying for more than seven days on Tribal land, including our hotel MUST REGISTER WITH LTBB Law Enforcement. The Tribe uses the Michigan Sex Offender data base link. If you do not meet the above requirements, please more find information on the State of Michigan’s Sex Offender Registry,


Chief Law Enforcement Officer: Terry McDonnell (231) 242-1500
Sergent: Jake Guenthardt
Sergent: Mike Givens
Office Assistant / Lead Dispatcher: Dawn Parkey (231) 242-1506
Police Services: (231) 242-1500


Location: 911 Spring St. Petoskey, MI 49770
Contact Number:
(231) 242-1500