Matt Ninham

Matt Ninham has been a Patrol Officer for 15 years and is assigned as a Community Resource Officer. Matt is currently a full time Instructor for Criminal Justice at NWTC. Matt is a member of the Oneida Tribe and has lived on The Oneida Reservation almost his whole life.

Matt has experienced how Native American Gangs use tribal culture and symbolism to recruit gang members, represent their gangs, sell, and transport illegal drugs. He has an insider’s knowledge of how Native American Gangs affect the Tribal Communities they are established in and is able to give insight on how he combats gangs through relationships with community members and community events.

His related law enforcement training and programs consist of the following: Native American Drug & Gang Initiative (Drug & Gang Unit), Green Bay Gang Task force Member, Fox Valley Gang Task Force Member, Department of Corrections Security Threats Group member, Native Gangs Specialist & Instructor, Oneida Gang Task Force, Team Leader for NADGI (Drug & Gang Unit), Street & Prison Gang training, DEA Basic Drug Investigation School, Indoor & Outdoor Marijuana Grows, Special Deputization for the FBI, Thermal Imaging Operator, Division of Criminal Investigations Drug School, Community Resource Officer, Field Training Officer, State of Wisconsin Technical College System Board Certification, Adjunct Instructor for “Native Gangs” at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Instructor for The National Gang Intelligence Center for “Gangs in Indian Country” and assistance in writing its updated curriculum for 2012.

Matt has received several awards during his career in law enforcement, only to name a few:

  • Oneida VFW 7784 Warriors Certificate of Appreciation for “Outstanding performance and lasting contribution to Law Enforcement & Youth Programs” -2014
  • Outagamie County Best Badge Award for “Community outreach and outstanding work as an officer 2003”
  • Oneida Police Department “Officer of the Year” -2003
  • Fox Valley Technical College Police Recruit Academy “Most Valuable Patrol Officer” -2001
  • Oneida Police certificate of achievement “Sensitive incident involving a weapon” -2005
  • Outagamie County Best Badge Award for “Teamwork investigation involving the overdose of four children” -2012
  • Certificate of Appreciation from 432nd Civil Affairs Battalion For “Outstanding support provided to the soldiers of the police advisor team/CAT 12 during “Operation Iraqi Freedom” – 2003 to 2004
  • Honored by the Ho-Chunk nation and presented with a Pendleton blanket at the 2012 National Missing and exploited Children’s conference for “Excellence in community education & awareness on Native American gangs.”
  • Honored by youth from the Navajo Indian Nation and presented with two cultural gifts at the 2014 SIENA Youth Leadership Conference for “Being a mentor and inspiration to youth in understanding a career in Law enforcement.”
  • Letter of commendation from The Oneida Police Department for a critical incident involving a Barricaded Suspect armed with multiple firearms.

Matt Ninham Certificate of Appreciation from United States Homeland Security Department for “Gangs in Indian Country” Trainer.

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