The mission of the Office of Law Enforcement Services is to uphold the constitutional sovereignty and customs of Tribes, while protecting the rights of all people; to protect life and property; ensure employment suitability and to promote and preserve peace within Indian country. This office is responsible for the overall management of the BIA Law Enforcement Program, and has primary responsibility for the investigation of crimes which occur in Indian country. The Division develops standards, policy and procedures for BIA wide implementation, operates the Indian Police Academy, monitors tribal contracted law enforcement programs, conducts inspections and evaluations of BIA and tribal law enforcement programs, conducts internal investigations of misconduct by law enforcement officers, provides emergency tactical response teams to reservations requiring assistance, or threatened with disruptions or civil disorders, conducts criminal investigations into criminal violations committed on the reservation, involving Federal, state, county, local and tribal codes, and maintains an automated Criminal Justice Information System. Program responsibilities extend to over 170 reservations in 31 states.
As outlined in 25 U.S.C. Chapter 30, the BIA Branch of Criminal Investigations has investigative responsibilities for crimes committed on, or involving, Indian country. This includes major federal crimes and state crimes assimilated into the Federal statues under Title 18 U.S.C. 1153, including, but not limited to, murder, manslaughter, child sexual abuse, kidnapping, rape, assault, arson, burglary, robbery, counterfeiting, embezzlement, and organized criminal enterprises affecting gaming and gambling operations, or involved in the production, sale or distribution of illegal narcotics, drugs and marijuana within Indian country.
The Standing Rock Police Department has been active in promoting community relations through promoting youth activities. A number youth sobriety dances, a sledding party, and other activities are assisting the Police Department in providing positive choices and alternatives to gang violence.