Chief of Police Joseph Brooks III

Chief Brooks began his law enforcement career with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Police Department in 1997. He in an enrolled member of the Narragansett Tribal Nation and also of Pequot descent, Chief Brooks’ career in law enforcement spans 25 years. 

In 2001, he was recruited by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services (BIA-OJS) and became the first member of a North Eastern Tribe with BIA-OJS and appointed as a Supervisory Police Officer and Training Sergeant at the US Indian Police Academy.  In 2003, Chief Brooks returned briefly to the Mashantucket Tribal Nation Police Department in the position of Detective Sergeant. 

Between 2007 and 2020, Chief Brooks held several positions within the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services. During his tenure with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services he received numerous National and Internal Awards.  

In 2009 while serving as the Chief of Police at the Wind River Agency in Wyoming Chief Brooks spearheaded the efforts in a Reduction of Violent Crime in Indian Country initiative called Operation Alliance and Operation Endeavor under President Obamas administration. As part of those efforts Chief Brooks received the prestigious US Attorney Generals Award for Exceptional Service to Indian Country. 

Chief Brooks held various leadership positions wile in Government Service to include, Special Agent in Charge of the District III office in Phoenix, Arizona. The Phoenix office covers 30 tribes in Arizona, Utah and Nevada. Assistant Special Agent in Charge, District VI Office, Nashville, TN, Internal Affairs Special Agent, Supervisory Special Agent and Chief of Police at the Spokane Agency in Washington State, Wind River Agency in Ft. Washakie, Wyoming, Uintah and Ouray Agency in Utah, and the Ute Mountain Ute Agency in Colorado and Utah.