Tribal Community Policing Resources

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) provides resources and training and technical assistance (TTA) to further practical and specialized knowledge used to implement and enhance justice system efforts, particularly in the law enforcement field. The COPS Office supports resources and TTA that is not only specifically geared toward tribes but also generally applies across broader topic areas such as community policing, drugs, gangs, and youth safety, among others.

On this page you’ll find a variety of resources and courses the COPS Office offers for tribal law enforcement. These resources are constantly being updated and added to so please check back often.

Tribal Resources Grant Program
Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation

Enables Tribes, Alaska Native villages, and Tribal consortia to submit a single application for ten of the Department of Justice’s competitive grant programs (additional information and helpful resources)

CTAS Purpose Area #1: Tribal Resources Grant Program

Expands the implementation of community policing and meets the most serious needs of law enforcement in Tribal Nations

Hire or re-hire career law enforcement officers and Village Public Safety Officers

Procure basic equipment and training to assist in the initiation or enhancement of Tribal community policing efforts

Training and Technical Assistance

Tribal Oriented Policing Strategies Training: A Community Policing Approach to Reducing Crime in Indian Country

Course Provider: National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College

Public Law 280 Training Program for Enhanced Collaborative Law Enforcement

Course Provider: Strategic Applications International

Tribal Oriented Policing Strategies Online Training Program

Course Provider: National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College

Collaborative Reform Initiative Technical Assistance Center (CRI-TAC)

Provides customized technical assistance solutions. Download the brochure now

Publications

Tribal Resources for Justice Systems and Law Enforcement
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Perceptions of Methamphetamine in Indian Country: Interviews with Service Providers in Ten Western Tribes
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Cross-Deputization in Indian Country
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Promising Practices in Tribal Community Policing
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Break the Cycle: Methamphetamine and Community-Oriented Policing in Indian Country
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Public Safety Partnerships in Indian Country
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Successful Tribal Community Policing Initiatives: A Resource for Communities Developing Public Safety Programs and Strategies
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Rural and Tribal Elder Justice Resource Guide
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What's New in Blue

What’s New in Blue is a series of short videos intended to keep viewers informed about innovative developments and critical issues in law enforcement.

Season 1 | Episode 7: Micro Community Policing Plans featuring Lt. Adrian Diaz

This episode of What’s New in Blue features Lieutenant Adrian Diaz, who is a key member in implementing Seattle (WA) Police Department’s Micro Community Policing Plans (MCPP). MCPP’s are designed to address the distinctive needs of each community. The plans take a three-prong approach that brings community engagement, crime data and police services together to get direct feedback on perceptions of crime and public safety. Lieutenant Diaz speaks about the development of the MCPP program, outcomes of the project, and tips for other departments looking to develop a similar program.

Podcasts - The Beat

June 2013

Tribal Community Policing
 

June 2013

Tribal Interoperability
 

March 2012

Developing effective partnerships is a core component of community policing

Mitakuye Oyasin (We Are All Related)

A film highlighting the hope of the Lakota people through Akicita and community policing.

In addressing the challenges facing the Lakota people on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, the Oglala Sioux Tribe embraces Akicita; a community-based approach to public safety that has been a part of the Lakota people for centuries. The Akicita are the guardians. Akicita is a shared responsibility among all community members. Akicita is community policing. For the Lakota people there is hope for the future in remembering the past.

Tribal Access Program (TAP)

The Tribal Access Program for National Crime Information, or TAP, allows Tribes to more effectively serve and protect their nation’s citizens by ensuring the exchange of critical data across the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) systems and other national crime information systems.

Contact COPS Office

Thank you for your interest in the COPS Office. We are eager to answer any questions you may have and are very interested in hearing your thoughts on our work and on community policing in general. Please use the contact information here to get in touch with us.  The Response Center can assist you with questions regarding our programs as well as connect you with our community policing experts and resources.

Response Center: 800-421-6770

The Response Center’s hours are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.

Email: tribalgrants@usdoj.gov