Police Department

Our Mission

The mission of the Meskwaki Nation Police Department is to improve the quality of life through the reduction of crime, maintenance of public order, and the enhancement of public safety by providing open, honest, and professional law enforcement service while protecting the proud cultural tradition of the Meskwaki people.

About Our Department

Tribal Council Resolution #1-2001, passed January 18, 2011, enacted Articles 1 & 2 of Title 13, Law & Order of the Tribal Code, which legislatively established the Tribal Police Department. The department’s operational systems were activated in 2005, and the Meskwaki Nation Police Department (MNPD) patrols began October 1, 2006.

Reports & Fees

Please note that copies of police reports are $20.00 each unless the individual resides on the Settlement or is a Tribal Member/Descendant.  Civil paper service is $30.00 per person served unless an Application to Waive Court and Services Fees has been approved by the Tribal Court.

Our Focuses

  • Community-oriented policing
  • Working in partnership with Tribal entities
  • Collaborating with other local, state, tribal, and federal enforcement offices and agencies
  • Providing 24-hour patrols of the Meskwaki Settlement and surrounding boundaries
  • Assisting with ambulance medical and fire calls
  • Assisting motorists in need of help
  • Crime prevention
  • Conducting community education and outreach
  • Co-Sponsor of the Meskwaki Nation-Toledo Police Explorer Post #186 – the program provides career orientation experiences, leadership opportunities, and community service activities.
  • Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) – site office for the registration of sex offenders.

Meet Our Leadership Team

 

 

 

 

Chief Jeffrey Bunn
Police Chief
Having grown up in Sacramento California, Jeff started his Public Safety career in 1983 as a Firefighter/EMT with the Citrus Heights Fire District. Jeff moved into Law Enforcement in 1989 after graduating from the POST Academy as a Correctional Deputy II with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. Jeff moved his family to Iowa in 1993 and continued his Law Enforcement career by joining the Toledo Iowa Police Department as a Community Oriented Policing Officer.
Jeff continued his education and training in such things as Sexual Assault Case Investigations, Mental Health, Crime Scene Investigations and EMS. In 1998 Jeff was hired as Chief of the State Center Police Department in Marshall County, a position he held for 21 years until his retirement. Jeff has had the opportunity to volunteer on the Marshall County 911 board, State Center Kaufman Grant Board, State Center Fire/Rescue and is a member of the Iowa State Police Association. Jeff Came to the Meskwaki Nation Police Department in November of 2019 as the Lieutenant in charge of Patrol and Detectives and became Chief in September of 2022. Jeff is married to his wife Misty and has four boys, two of which serve in the Iowa Army National Guard. Jeff has a passion for helping people and has devoted his entire working life to just that. Jeff is a devoted Christian along with his wife Misty and enjoys traveling and spending time together with family and friends. I am so happy and honored to be a member of the Meskwaki Nation Police Department Team and to serve the proud Meskwaki community. I have learned and have so much respect for the Meskwaki Culture. I have been welcomed by our community and could not ask for any more than that.
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Assistant Chief Dustin Blackburn
Assistant Chief
Dustin grew up in Conrad and graduated from BCLUW in 2003. He attended Loras College in Dubuque. He graduated there in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. Dustin started his law enforcement career in 2008 with the Grundy Center Police Department.
Dustin joined the Meskwaki Nation Police Department in April of 2014 as a part-time officer. He joined the department full-time the next month. Dustin has served as a Police Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and he was promoted to Assistant Chief in May of 2017. He has served the department as a Field Training Officer, Taser Instructor, Evidence Custodian, SORNA coordinator, and numerous other assignments. Dustin completed the Chief of Police Command School at the United States Indian Police Academy in April of 2018. He attended the Department of Homeland Security Leadership Academy session 8 in November of 2019. Dustin has been married since 2010 and has 3 children. In his off time, Dustin enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, and playing video games. He is an avid baseball fan and cheers for the Chicago Cubs.
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Lieutenant Jason Gudenkauf
Lieutenant
Coming soon.
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Announcements & Events

Cruise with the Blues

Meskwaki Casino RV Park 1504 305th St, Tama, IA, United States

  Meskwaki Nation Police Department Presents in conjunction with Tama and Toledo Police Departments CRUISE WITH THE BLUES Tuesday, August 6th, 4-8pm Meskwaki/Tama/Toledo Communities Welcome! MC: MNPD Chief Jeff Bunn […]

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Dustin Blackburn

Assistant Chief of Police/SORNA Administrator

Meskwaki Nation Police Department

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641-484-4844

Caleb Boyles

Conservation Officer

Meskwaki Nation Police Department

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641-484-4844

Jeff Bunn

Chief of Police

Meskwaki Nation Police Department

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641-484-4844

Mitchell Cole

Police Officer

Meskwaki Nation Police Department

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641-484-4844

Nicholas Cullinan

Police Officer

Meskwaki Nation Police Department

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641-484-4844

Melinda Diego

Office Manager

Meskwaki Nation Police Department

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Jason Gudenkauf

Lieutenant

Meskwaki Nation Police Department

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641-484-4844

Nathaniel Jones

Non-Certified Police Officer

Meskwaki Nation Police Department

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Jon Keen

Police Officer

Meskwaki Nation Police Department

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Logan Ludovissy

Police Officer

Meskwaki Nation Police Department

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Larry Rohach

Community Service Officer

Meskwaki Nation Police Department

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Levio “Lee” Simcox

Detective

Meskwaki Nation Police Department

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Michael Skocinski

Police Officer

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Justin Walden

Police Officer

Meskwaki Nation Police Department

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Department Contact Information

Office Hours

Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Physical & Mailing Address

1632 305th Street
Tama, IA 52339

Phone Number  

Office Telephone: (641) 484-4844

Our officers provide 24-hour coverage.

For 24-hour non-emergency assistance and to be connected to the MNPD officer on duty:

  • Dial (641) 484-3760 (Meskwaki/Tama County Dispatch telephone number)
  • Choose option 1
  • Ask to speak with the MNPD officer on duty

Fax Number

(641) 484-4843

Office Location

We are located on the 2nd floor of the Public Works Building. Use the east side entrance and walk up the stairs to find our office.

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Contact the Meskwaki Nation

Get in touch with our main office if you have general questions or need assistance finding the correct department to contact.