The COPS Office supports training and technical assistance that is specifically geared toward tribal community policing.
Contact the trainers below to learn more about their specific courses and availability. Most courses are tuition free; however, if some are not currently available, they may require a fee for service.

Western Community Policing Institute (WCPI)
TOLL FREE: 877-601-6866
WCPI has several training curricula designed for tribes, including those focused on youth, executive leadership, and regional collaboration.


Regional Collaboration to Embrace, Engage, and Sustain Tribal Community Policing Partnerships:
This course focuses on building effective and efficient collaborative partnerships throughout Indian country to address the unique public safety threats to tribal communities and their neighboring jurisdictions.

Tribal Community Police/Teams:
This training brings together tribal government, community members, and law enforcement to learn techniques on how to empower their communities to ethically identify and solve community problems through the use of community policing concepts, advocacy, and problem solving.

Tribal Inspired Leadership Training (TILT):
This course increases tribal leaders' capacity to leverage community policing in responding to the effects of local economic distress on public safety and to increase their capacity to address unique issues in a culturally sensitive and comprehensive community policing approach.

Tribal Youth Leadership (TYL):
This course trains and equips American Indian youth (middle and high school level) with the leadership skills necessary to address the public safety problems that plague tribal communities.

National Criminal Justice Training Center (NCJTC)
TOLL FREE: 855-866-2582


Community Safety Summits:
These summits discuss key public safety issues impacting tribal communities, such as alcohol and substance abuse, child abuse, juvenile delinquency, domestic violence, and crime. Participants explore strategies to address these concerns through community policing, interagency collaboration, and multijurisdictional partnerships.

Tribal Oriented Policing Strategies - A Community Policing Approach to Reducing Crime in Indian Country (TOPS):
This training enhances collaboration between tribal law enforcement agencies and the community to reduce crime and improve quality of life.

Tribal Oriented Policing Strategies (TOPS) Online:
Tribal law enforcement, community leaders and tribal members can now learn about the use of organized problem-solving teams to address key challenges, improve public safety and enhance community quality of life right from their home or office. Subscribe to NCJTC's Tribal Oriented Policing Strategies Online Training by visiting Click View Catalog and then subscribe. By subscribing to the Community catalog, you will have access to the TOPS online program as well as other eLearning opportunities.

Upper Midwest Community Policing Institute (UMCPI)
TOLL FREE: 877-917-2255
UMCPI has training curricula designed for tribal communities, including basic community policing concepts, school safety, and leadership courses.


Creating Collaborative Partnerships between Tribal Police Departments and Casino Security in Indian Country:
This on-site and online training curriculum, which is under development, will assist tribes in building partnerships between tribal law enforcement and casino management and security to address public safety issues. The online curriculum is anticipated to be available in late 2016.

Human Trafficking in Indian Country:
This training is for tribal leaders, tribal law enforcement, and community stakeholders and includes a component for a tribal youth peer-to-peer awareness and prevention curriculum as well as a human trafficking course for casino employees and security personnel.

Tribal Law Enforcement Training Conference (Native American Training Series IV):
This three-day training conference brings together all three of the COPS Office Native American Training Series (NATS) courses in one location:

  • NATS I addresses the topics of community policing basics, tribal community engagement, and reducing crime and disorder through problem solving partnerships.
  • NATS II is a presentation for law enforcement officers working in schools or serving the school community and for school administrators and educators and concerned community members.
  • NATS III is designed for Native-American police executives, command staff, and supervising personnel and will prepare tribal police leaders to address today's law enforcement challenges.
Lamar Asssociates
PHONE: 202-543-8181
Lamar Associates has developed training curricula for tribes that include developing partnerships and problem solving as well as methamphetamine and prescription drug abuse courses addressing youth and drug-endangered children.


Building Collaborative Community Partnerships:
This online curriculum, which is under development, will assist tribes with building partnerships with the community to solve public safety problems. The online curriculum is anticipated to be available in late 2016.

Tribal Prescription Drug Endangered Children Training and Technical Assistance Program and E-Learning Program:
These courses increase the capacity of Native Law Enforcement to serve the needs of drug endangered children and build partnerships with public health, prevention, and treatment providers that will lead to coordinated community responses to prevent prescription drug diversion and abuse.

National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (NADEC)
PHONE: 641-521-7220


The DEC Approach “Moving from Awareness to Action…”:
This training focuses on how to implement the DEC Approach, which is a comprehensive strategy based on collaboration between various disciplines and agencies that has proven to be effective in improving the likelihood of better outcomes for drug-endangered children.

Local DEC Alliance Development - Sustaining the DEC Approach:
This training teaches law enforcement, child welfare, and their professional colleagues and community partners about the benefits of forming local DEC alliances that formalize working relationships between the professionals who are involved with drug-endangered children and their families.

Tribal Core Drug Endangered Children Training:
This course trains trainers who provide Tribal Core DEC training in local tribal communities, looking at overcoming the challenges in aligning systems responsible for preventing, intervening, and treating these issues to change the trajectories of the lives of drug-endangered children and break multigenerational cycles of abuse and neglect.

Strategic Applications International (SAI)
PHONE: 202-457-7771


Tribal Public Law 280 Policing Partnerships:
A web-based training curriculum tailored to Public Law 280 communities to enhance tribal and non-tribal law enforcement cooperation. The online curriculum is anticipated to be available in late 2017.