RE: St. Maries rejects Coeur d’Alene Tribe offer of police help/Dan Hammes, St. Maries Gazette-Record
Sgt. Christie Wood, Coeur d’Alene police spokesman and Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations member: “This is so disappointing and sure to be a discussion topic at our next KCTFHR meeting. It is a issue that need not be. But it appears that years of hatred toward the tribe has fueled this. No doubt the Mayor faced incredible poticial pressure. I am sorry for her that she was put in this position, but the citizens are the losers here. It does appear that she is open to future discussion with all parties involved so good for her. My experience is that when a person needs the help of law enforcement they are very grateful to see an officer arrive. They do not care what agency they represent. I guess it is different in Benewah. However if the Sheriff’s Department and local government would put aside their differences, and embrace the help of the tribal officers the citizens would begin to feel comfortable with them assisting.