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Mike Levine Honored as Nation's Top Tribal Cop

Morongo Law Enforcement Chief Mike Levine has been named Police Chief of the Year by the nation’s premier tribal law enforcement organization. Levine, who has led Morongo’s tribal law enforcement division for nine years, was honored late last month by the National Native American Law Enforcement Association at its annual training conference in Las Vegas.

Among other accomplishments, Levine has forged partnerships with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, and he’s worked with a team of 12 police chiefs across the U.S. to revise the active shooter policy taught at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Georgia.

“I’m humbled and honored to receive this recognition from my peers in the Native American law enforcement community,” Levine said. “And I’m fortunate to work with a tribal council that is so supportive and forward-thinking in regard to public safety.”

Morongo Band of Mission Indians Tribal Chairman Robert Martin said, “We’re delighted to see Chief Levine win this national recognition. It’s a wonderful testament to the leadership, professionalism and care he brings to the job.”

Levine began serving Morongo more than 17 years ago. Today, he oversees 31 employees, including 24 officers.

The National Native American Law Enforcement Association is a nonprofit organization founded in 1993 in Washington D.C. to promote and foster mutual cooperation between American Indian law enforcement officers, agents and personnel, their agencies, tribes, private industry and the public.