Established in 1996, the Pechanga Tribal Ranger Department has assisted the Pechanga Band in exercising its Tribal sovereignty by providing public safety services, enforcing tribal ordinances, protecting Reservation residents, and maintaining a positive relationship with outside Law Enforcement.
The Mission of the Pechanga Tribal Rangers is to protect, preserve, respect, and serve the Pechanga Band 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The values of respect, teamwork, forward-thinking, strong work-ethic, and trustworthiness are held at the forefront of all department employees and their work.
The Ranger Department is divided into two divisions
The Administrative Division consists of multiple bureaus, including Dispatch, Background Investigations, Animal Control, Fleet, Tribal Emergency Response (TERC), and Evidence/Property. The Tribal Ranger Department also facilitates an Intern program for aspiring Tribal Rangers and Dispatchers.
The Pechanga Tribal Ranger Department is led by the Chief Ranger Joe Sampson and a leadership team consisting of Command level staff, Sergeants, Corporals, and Lead Dispatchers.
Established in 2009, the Ranger Department Training Bureau provides a comprehensive training program designed to coordinate Ranger staff training at credentialed facilities, ensuring Rangers are up to par with current law enforcement and public safety standards. Tribal Ranger Department has been designated as a Certified Training Facility by the California Bureau of Security and Investigative Services, as well as an authorized CCW requalification provider by the Riverside County Sheriff Department.
Our Dispatch Center is a fully functional modern facility, equipped with the latest in communications and surveillance technology. The Dispatch Center supports Patrol Rangers and the Pechanga Fire Department, and is also the designated “Communications Network Center” in the event of a natural disaster or major event on the Reservation.
Rangers are armed emergency responders with the responsibility of preventing, detecting, and initially investigating violations to Tribal ordinances, as well as violations to state and federal laws on the Reservation and its surrounding properties. Rangers work in conjunction with local law enforcement consistent with California Public Law 280.
Rangers conduct traffic and speed enforcement in observance of Tribal laws and ordinances, and respond to vehicle collisions on the Reservation for documentation purposes.
School Resource Officer
The Ranger Department has assigned a School Resource Officer (SRO) to the Pechanga School. The SRO is responsible for designing and implementing programs for students and staff on topics ranging from personal safety to school operations during emergency situations. The SRO also participates in numerous Pechanga School youth activities and events.
When the Tribal Court Judiciary conduct hearings, the Ranger Department assigns trained Patrol Rangers to assist and act as Bailiffs in the Tribal Court Room in order to maintain peace and security during Tribal Court processions.
In addition to first responder responsibilities, Tribal Rangers support and serve the Pechanga community by facilitating delivery of goods to elders, participating in Pechanga community events and festivals, and working on collaborative projects with other Tribal Government and Pechanga Resort and Casino staff.