The Stockbridge-Munsee Indian Tribe has a Cooperative Law Enforcement Agreement with Shawano County. The Stockbridge-Munsee also has contracts with the neighboring village of Gresham to provide Law Enforcement services. The department also provides a PSL officer for Gresham and Bowler schools. The officers are deputized by Shawano County and are Wisconsin State Certified Law Enforcement Officers. There are four officers, a detective who is supervised by the Chief of Police who also assists with patrol and investigative duties when needed. The Chief of Police also supervises the Fire Department and two conservation wardens.
Public Safety is also home to the Stockbridge-Munsee Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, which has 9 active members. The Fire Department is trained to deal with any type of structural fire, auto crashes or auto fires or wildfires within the boundaries of the Stockbridge-Munsee area.
Each FF must attend the 96-hours Certified Entry Level FF class to join the Fire Department. They also must attend a minimal of 24-hours in-house training yearly along with continuing education class offered by the Technical Colleges once certified. The FF are paged through the dispatch center located at the Shawano County Sheriff’s office. The volunteers carry a radio as well as a pager so they can be reached in case of a fire. IamResponding is another type of notification for the FD members through an ap on their phones. The fire department fleet includes two Engines, Tender, Equipment Van that also serves as a mobile Command Post, and Brush truck and trailer to haul their six-wheeler for brush fire.
Our Fire Department is part of Shawano County’s Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS 133), this allows for assistance from neighboring Fire Departments to provide manpower and equipment needed to protect the community.
The Fire Department also has a sign mutual aid agreement with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) with wildland fire. Public Safety works with the Emergency Manager when needed (see Emergency Management section under services).
The Stockbridge-Munsee Community operates a Conservation Department to protect and enhance their Natural Resources. The Department currently employs two Conservation Wardens. The Conservation Department along with the Conservation Committee has come a long way and helped create Tribal Ordinance Chapters 20 and 21, which specifically address hunting and fishing regulations.
The Conservation Wardens primary responsibility is the enforcement of the Conservation Code. This is done by general patrol, response to issues and complaints, and problem solving with the day-to-day issues they encounter. The Conservation Department along with the Conservation Committee are constantly searching for better ways to enhance our Natural Resources so the Community can enjoy them while protecting them.