For over a decade the COPS Office has provided valuable training and technical assistance to law enforcement agencies throughout the United States.  Recent research has indicated that many of these programs are not currently being utilized by tribal policing agencies because they were not appropriately tailored to the Native American community.  The Native American Training Series which includes this Implementation Guide and the Native American Training Series Toolkit has been developed to meet this need by providing quality training and tools that are based in proven community policing principals and practices.

The specific purpose of this project was not to create new, untested programs but to tailor existing, successfully implemented community policing initiatives to meet the needs of Native American communities.  Acknowledging the wide diversity of Native American communities each with their own unique tribal characteristics this program has endeavored to modify these useful community policing products to the Native American community understanding that each tribal entity will further refine this adaptation process to meet the specific needs of individual tribal nations and community concerns.

This Implementation Guide details the development process of the COPS Native American Training Series but more importantly presents crucial information for the tribal trainers on program modifications and facilitator adaptations that will empower community leaders and increase the overall utilization of the curriculums and the tools.

The Native American Training Series contains fourteen separate training programs including a Tribal Community Engagement Program, six designed for tribal policing agencies and six community-based presentations.  Additionally, the accompanying toolkit contains this Implementation Guide and a host of ancillary tools to enhance both the learning experience and the actual utilization of the series.  This Implementation Guide also contains background information on the program, survey results and useful information to assist in the implementation of this training series.