Historic Agreement Reflects Trust Between UP and Confederated Tribes
Posted April 23, 2014 2:00 p.m. CDT
Umatilla Tribal Court Chief Judge William D. Johnson commissions Union Pacific Senior Special Agents Vincent P. Hoffarth, left, and William R. Aarde as law enforcement officers for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.
For the first time in their inter-related history, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR) and Union Pacific have a policing agreement permitting UP Police to assist in law enforcement within the reservation located between Pendleton and La Grande, Ore.
In a ceremony at the Nixyaawii Governance Center on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in August 2013, Union Pacific and the CTUIR signed a Memorandum of Understanding that led to this opportunity for joint community policing. In March 2014, Union Pacific Police Officers Vince Hoffarth - Portland and William Aarde - Hermiston, were sworn in as officers for the CTUIR.
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