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April 2017 | Volume 10 | Issue 4

Tribal law enforcement, community leaders and tribal members can now learn about the use of organized problem-solving teams and applying community policing principles to address key challenges, improve public safety and enhance community quality of life right from their home or office.

Through funding from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, U.S. Department of Justice, the National Criminal Justice Training Center (NCJTC) of Fox Valley Technical College developed four comprehensive online modules that cover topics including: positive ethics, communication, leadership styles, identifying key stakeholders, partnership building, a six-step problem-solving model, and examples of success. Training modules can be taken as a comprehensive program in the recommended module order shown or as individual modules. 

  • Module 1: Course Introduction
  • Module 2: Community Policing
    Define community policing and explore key stakeholders in a successful community policing strategy. Examine ways the crime triangle can be applied to addressing public safety concerns and developing potential solutions.
  • Module 3: Team Building
    Explore strategies to foster positive community ethics, effective communication techniques and leadership styles. Identify how to implement these techniques to build strategic partnerships inside and outside the community to augment tribal community policing action plans and improve public safety.
  • Module 4: Problem Solving
    Examine a six-step problem solving model and identify how to effectively implement this model to address specific public safety concerns and needs in your community. Practice the application of these principles through meaningful exercises, and examine a case study where the six-step model was successfully applied in a tribal community setting.

To access the TOPS Online Training Program, subscribe to  NCJTC’s On Demand Community Training Catalog by visiting Click View Catalog and then subscribe. By subscribing to the Community catalog, you will have access to the TOPS Online Training Program as well as other eLearning opportunities. Once your subscription is approved, you will receive further instructions for accessing the course. Participants completing the full program are awarded four (4) continuing education hours through Fox Valley Technical College.

Did you know? TOPS is also available at no cost in a 2-day classroom based /interactive training.  To request a training at your location, visit and click the “Request Training” link at the bottom of the home page

If you have questions about either one of these training options, please contact NCJTC at (855) 866-2582.

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