INDIAN ISLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- The chief of police for the Penobscot Indian Nation was recently the recipient of a big honor.
A national non-profit named Chief Robert Bryant 'Tribal Police Chief of the Year.' Bryant has been serving the public on Indian Island as their chief since 2007.
The award was given to him by the organization 'WeTip,' which works with the hundreds of tribal police departments around the country to solve crimes through anonymous public tips.
Bryant says the community on Indian Island has played a big role in reducing crime during his tenure. He says the award reflects not just the work of his department but the work of the public.
"The community is the police...the police are the community and I strongly believe that," he said, "and I strongly believe that to make change and to solve problems, the community has to be at the table."
Bryant added that when he took over as chief, the island was dealing with a rash of juvenile crimes and vandalism. He says his department worked to reduce those by reaching out to the public through holding meetings and having a better presence at public events.
Last month, Bryant celebrated his five year anniversary as police chief.