City and tribe put together law enforcement support plan

Shown left to right presenting a check from the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians to the City of Manistee for $15,000 to provide enhanced law enforcement in the City of Manistee are left to right City of Manistee Public Safety Director David Bachman, Mayor Richard Mack, Little River Band Ogema Larry Romanelli, and tribal public safety director Mike Martin. (Courtesy photo)



Ogema Larry Romanelli (Little River Band of Ottawa Indians) and Mayor Richard Mack (Manistee) met for the presentation of a check from the tribal government to the City of Manistee in the amount of $15,000.

The check represents funding for an agreement between the two governmental bodies which is designed to provide enhanced law enforcement support during the busy summer season in this active tourist destination community. The City of Manistee is located within the 1836 tribal reservation boundaries and it enjoys an active partnership with the tribe on numerous levels.

This particular summer program:

* Provides for an increased Police presence in the downtown and boardwalk area

* Helps Tribal Officers to retain their MCOLES certification

* Helps the city in management of special events and parades

* Releases full-time city officers for other duties during the busy season

* Gives a one-on-one contact with business owners and their associates that has become very popular

Also present were City of Manistee Manistee Public Safety Director David Bachman and Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Tribal Public Safety Director Mike Martin and Public Affairs Director Glenn Zaring.

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