Welcome to the Kaw Nation

Kaw Nation Police

Welcome and thank you for visiting the Kaw Nation Police Department website.

Our headquarters are located at 698 Grandview Dr, in Kaw City, Oklahoma. The Kaw Nation has provided law enforcement services for its people for many years. Our vision is to provide the most professional services for our people.

In Section 101 of our By-laws, it states: “There is hereby established a Tribal Law Enforcement Department within the Tribal Administration to be known as the “Kaw Nation Tribal Police Department” or (KNTPD). It shall be the duty of all employees assigned to the (KNTPD) to serve the public by enforcement of the tribal laws and rendering such assistance relative to law enforcement as may be necessary, and to protect all persons and property within the Tribal jurisdiction criminal activities.”

Contact Us

Email: jsherron@kawnation.com

Office: 580-269-2552 ext. 228
24hr Duty Phone: 580-767-9424
Fax: 580-269-2109

Emergency: 911






Jim Sherron – Chief of Police

I would like to introduce myself to the Kanza people. My name is Jim Sherron and I am the new Chief of Police for the Kaw Nation. I am a member of the Ponca Tribe coming from the Whitestar and Warrior family. I have been married to Sarah Sherron since 1982 and have 3 sons Daniel, Caleb and Luke. I graduated from Ponca City High School in 1982.

I bring to the table 25 years of Law enforcement experience. I joined the Newkirk Police Department in May of 1990 and resigned my position in April of 1992 to join the Ponca City Police Department. I spent 6 years in the Patrol Division and was promoted to Detective, where I spent the next 17 years.

I was Police Officer of the year and also received an award from the Oklahoma Association of Chiefs of Police in 1996. I was one of the first bicycle police officers in Ponca City, first Swat team member, and among the first Citizen Police academy instructors.  I retired in 2015 from Ponca City and started as a Background Investigator with the Kaw Nation in August of 2018. I was appointed as Chief of Police in January of 2019. I have an Advanced Law enforcement certificate from CLEET and I am a CLEET instructor.

My goals for the Kaw Nation Police Department is to have a department that is approachable and diversified. I am a big supporter of Community Policing and I believe that without the help of the public and the citizens we are at a pure disadvantage. I have always depended on my ways as a Native American to be good to others and to always be there to help someone in need. Since I am Ponca I understand a lot of the Kanza language because our tribes both come from the Dhegiha linguistic family. I am grateful that I have been given the opportunity to serve a tribe that is related to my own. I moved to Newkirk in 1989 and have met numerous Kanza people young and old while living here. I want this Police Department to not only act as a servant to the community of the Kanza but also to provide a service that is second to none in the Law Enforcement Community. I am always open to suggestions and different ways my officers can best serve the public.

The Police Department has just purchased three new vehicles and we will be replacing our oldest vehicles with the new ones. I have given Southwind Casino one of our oldest trucks already and they were pleased and already using it. The two newest Police officers are Alan Wilson and Morgan Ward, both are great guys and eager to serve the public. I am in the process of buying software to get our livescan machine up and running so KNPD will be able to take fingerprints to send to the FBI for our employees. I am also in the process of purchasing some much needed basic police officer tools, fingerprint kits, evidence markers, cameras, and new uniforms. I have already given one class to the officers and I am excited about the possibilities to come with this department.

Chris Haney – Police Officer

Christopher Haney is an enrolled member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and has twenty years of law enforcement experience. He started his career in 1997 with the city of Wewoka Police Department.

Since that time, he has worked for county, Tribal, and Federal agencies. Christopher Haney is a Federal and State certified peace officer and is a member of the National Tactical Officers Association. (NTOA)
He has a long list of training most of which are in tactical operations. Some of his most notable training includes : Basic SWAT, Air Assault, Desert Snow, Advanced Highway Drug Interdiction, and the DEA basic narcotics investigator course. Chris enjoys working Indian country law enforcement the most, due to the many challenges and diverse history of Indian Country.

Tzinzio Reyes – Police Officer

My name is Tzinzio Fidel Reyes.  I have 2 brothers and 3 sisters. I was born in Durango Mexico on February 12th, 1978. We moved to the United States when I was just a couple of months old. My father and mother told us that we moved to the United States for a better life.  They told us to strive and to be the best and to take advantage of all the opportunity’s in life to better ourselves. I can remember my father and mother always telling me to never give up on my dreams. I was one of those kids that always said “when I grow up, I want to be a Police Officer”.

As I went through life. I was fortunate enough to meet my wife in Ponca City Oklahoma. I knew immediately that Lisa was the one for me.  I can remember telling Lisa that one day I will become a Police Officer. Lisa was very supporting and encouraging.  Lisa and I got married and had 4 beautiful children. I was working at Glass Trucking in Newkirk Oklahoma as a shop hand. I stayed at Glass Trucking for about 11 years. One day I thought to myself. I’m not getting any younger and I should purse my dream of becoming a Police Officer. I filled out an application at the Ponca City Police Department for a Police Officer position. After many calls back and forth to the Chiefs Secretary.  I was finally hired as a Booking Officer. On 11-19-07 I started as a Booking Officer for the Ponca City Police Department. I worked as a booking officer a little over 2 years. I decided to finally go after my dream to be a Police Officer. I tested with the Ponca City Police Department a couple of times for the position. After my much determination and hard work. I was finally chosen and passed all the requirements. I Attended the Cleet Academy in Ada Oklahoma. Through much prayer and determination, I was able to pass and graduate from the Academy. I started living my dream as a Police Officer on 12-28-2009.

I have lived in Ponca City Oklahoma almost all my life. I thought I knew the town inside out. But working as a Police Officer I learned there was a lot more to learn. Being a Police Officer is very rewarding. I have always been very compassionate towards people. I believe I was given this opportunity to give back to a Nation that has given my family so much. I ended my tour with the Ponca City Police Department in November of 2019. I continued my Career with the Kaw Nation Police Department. I have been with the Department for about 2 months now. I am grateful that I get to serve this community and to continue to do what I love with the Kaw Nation Police Department.

Shane Pruett – Police Officer

My name is Shane Pruett. I am married to Stephanie Pruett and together, we have four children and a grandson! Chanse(28), Myles(24), Caitlyn (21), Dylan(19) and Carsyn(4).

I joined the Ponca City Police Department in 1995 as a booking officer and served as a Patrol Officer at Blackwell PD from 1997 to 2002, and was promoted to Sargeant in 1999. After my time at BPD, I went back to work for the Ponca City Police Department as a Patrol Division Officer and was promoted to Sargeant in 2011. I spent 16 years in the Patrol Division and was promoted to Detective in 2018 where I spent the next 3 years. I retired from PCPD in March of 2021 and started as a Patrol Officer at Kaw Nation. I love helping others and spending time with my family. I look forward to serving at KNPD.

Fred Landis – Police Officer

I graduated from Deer Creek Lamont High School in 1979. I went to college for a couple of years and spent several years working on farms and various construction jobs.  I got hired on permanently by Conoco Pipeline in 1988 and moved to the St. Louise, Missouri / Alton, IL., area where I lived and worked for 7 years.  In June of 1994 I quit Conoco and became a Police Officer for the Ponca City Police Department.  I worked as a Ponca City Police Officer for over 25 years.  While at the Ponca City Police Department, I worked in several different positions.  I was a bicycle officer for a couple of years. A K-9 officer for 8 years. I worked in the Special Projects division for a couple of years and I was on the Tac Team (which was Ponca City’s version of SWAT) for approx. 20 years.  The majority of my time at Ponca City was spent in the Patrol Division.  I retired from the Ponca City Police Department in January of 2020 and started with the Kaw Nation Police Department in February of 2020.

Becky Anne Pontious – Background Investigator

My name is Becky Anne Pontious.  I am married to Bennie Pontious KAW Tribal member.  I live in Ponca City Oklahoma and I have 5 children. I am currently the Kaw Nation Background Investigator and I am a graduate of Sulphur High school in Sulphur Louisiana. I grew up in Ponca City and my father worked for Conoco. I was in active in sports playing soccer, track and softball. I did attend NOC college as well Cowley County Community. I am grateful to be working for the Kaw Nation Police Department and I anticipate going back to school and finishing my Criminal Justice degree. Background Investigations are very interesting to me and I strive very hard to do a good job. I was previously employed by the Ponca City Hospital and I am glad to be working for the Kaw Nation.

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