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On Friday, October 16, 2020, the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas Police Department held a ceremony to deputize their very own Tribal PD officers. The ceremony took place at the Que Pasa Lounge in the KLECH. Tribal PD now works with the Maverick County Sheriff’s Department. Meaning, Tribal Police officers now have the authority to enforce state law within the Kickapoo Reservation and surrounding areas. This is extremely beneficial for both the Kickapoo Tribe and Maverick County Sherriff’s Office when dealing with non-tribal offenders due to the fact that our tribal laws do not affect them. Our officers have been experiencing increased encounters with non-tribal members on the reservation and in the casino. With granted authority under this agreement, there will be no need to contact the Sheriff Dept. as our officers will have the capacity to resolve these issues moving forward. A special thanks to Sheriff Tom Shcmerber for attending and swearing-in the officers.

Tribal PD officers were also recognized for the following accomplishments:

  1. Save-A-Life (certificate):

Jose de Jesus Cabrera
Jose Rivera
Ervey Oyervides
Huge Rodriguez
Eduardo Sanchez

  1. FTO Officers:

Epifanio Ruiz
Jaime Herrera
Jesus Hernandez
Marlene Duenez
Jose Rivera
Pedro Sanchez
Victor Sanchez
Daniel Polendo
Ervey Oyervides
Felipe Fuentes,
Jose Regalado,
Alfredo de Leon,
Eduardo Sanchez,
Cesar Torres


  1. Captain – Epifanio Ruiz Jr.
  2. Lieutenant – Jaime Herrera