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Officers patrol remote reservation<BR>

They cover an area about 200 square miles patrolling Highway 66 as well as the rugged terrain of the Hualapai Indian Reservation south of the Grand Canyon.

Bureau of Indian Affairs officer Darrell Robinson is one of four federal patrol officers working out of Peach Springs.

Two tribal officers also patrol the small community and the surrounding horseshoe-shaped reservation about 50 miles northeast of Kingman.

Peach Springs, a town of about 3,500 people is nestled among the juniper trees at about 4,500 feet elevation.

Each of the six patrol officers, not including the chief and lieutenant, work mostly on their own during their shifts, except on weekends.

Most crimes on the reservation are domestic violence calls or fights and almost always involve alcohol, Robinson said.

"Alcohol is involved some where along the way," he said.

"Violent crime does happen but not very often.

A number of times, we're dealing with one officer to a large crowd.

That's when you call for backup."

Robinson, 36, a Sioux from South Dakota who has worked for the BIA for 3 1/2 years, said that officers' shifts will overlap on the weekend to have more officers on duty.

The lone female officer with the area BIA, Ginger Bender, 26, single-handedly arrested two suspects several months ago on Highway 66 after a robbery of a gas station in Ashfork.

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