Training Opportunities

Basic Immigration Enforcement Training

A rising immigrant population in the U.S. has led to a dramatic increase in local, state, and tribal law enforcement encounters with both legal and illegal immigrants during routine police duties. As immigration continues to affect interior communities, there is an increasing demand for law enforcement officers to have a working knowledge of immigration law and policy.

Rather than spending valuable time and training funds on traditional classroom training, officers can now use Basic Immigration Enforcement Training (BIET) for their immigration training. BIET consists of web-based courses, allowing officers to take classes when and wherever is most convenient for them.

BIET is a highly interactive, self-paced, multimedia training program that addresses the immigration knowledge requirements of local, state, and tribal law enforcement officers. BIET addresses a wide range of topics including:

Interested law enforcement agencies can sign up by visiting or by sending an e-mail to
. Mention “Basic Immigration Enforcement Training” in the subject line, and provide the following information: Name, Organization, City, State, Zip, Work phone, and
E-mail address.

BIET was developed by Cameron University and Advanced Systems Technology, Inc., with funding from the U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office. The pilot program is available free of charge to all law enforcement departments that meet the participation criteria. The pilot program is open to only 500 officers, so sign up today to gain access to BIET’s innovative training.

Introductory Survival Spanish and Communication
for Law Enforcement

The University of Tennessee Regional Community Policing Institute (RCPI) offers a course that will increase the communication skills of officers and volunteers who encounter Spanish-speaking citizens in their work. The entry-level course, “Introductory Survival Spanish and Communication For Law Enforcement,” covers the Spanish alphabet, primary numbers, and key phrases. At the conclusion of the course, participants will be able to recite and understand short phrases in Spanish for simple questioning and report information. Role-playing exercises in misdemeanor and felony stops and general knowledge of the Latino culture are included, as well as liability issues. For more information visit the Tennessee RCPI’s web site at: The Tennessee RCPI, a member of the National RCPI Network, is affiliated with the Institute for Public Service at University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents:
Issues and Interventions

The Colorado Regional Community Policing Institute has produced a course entitled “Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents: Issues and Interventions.” The content of the 8-hour Colorado POST-certified training focuses on behavior disorders, including oppositional defiant disorder, mood disorders, and thought disorders in children and adolescents, with an overview of behavior symptoms and treatment strategies. Participants will discuss intervention considerations, strategies for managing adolescents in crisis, and will begin to gain an understanding of family systems and acknowledge the necessary elements in dealing with kids in crisis. The course can be accessed at The Colorado RCPI, a member of the National RCPI Network, is affiliated with the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice.