TRIBAL POLICING AND INDIAN COUNTRY INITIATIVES
Since 1998, CSI has been developing federal law enforcement curriculum funded by
the Department of Justice (DOJ) for Native American/Native Alaskan communities including an Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) grant addressing various Juvenile Justice issues on native lands and the popular Native American Training Series (NATS I, II,III and IV) and Building Collaborative Partnerships Between Casino Security and Tribal Police for the COPS Office. CSI has also developed Human Trafficking in Indian Country for the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and produced a report on Neighborhood Watch in Indian Country.
Beginning in 2007, the Community Safety Institute (CSI) began researching DOJ resources and adapting vetted materials to meet the specific needs of Native American law enforcement agencies and their community stakeholders. To date, twenty-three (23) customized culturally appropriate training programs along with their accompanying implementation guides, facilitator manuals, participant workbooks, and tools have been successfully adapted to the Native American culture for use in community policing programs serving tribal communities throughout the country. During this time we have served over 90 Native American and Native Alaskan tribal organizations, providing community policing training and technical assistance to nearly 1,000 law enforcement officers and their community partners.
Over the past six years CSI has worked closely with Native Alaskan communities, the VPSO (Village Public Safety Officer) program and the Alaska State Troopers. In 2006, CSI staff travelled to Alaska Native Villages interviewing community members and providing Neighborhood Watch training and program technical assistance. Since that time, CSI staff has travelled throughout Alaskan cities and specifically into rural villages and communities, meeting Alaskan Natives, community members, and VSPOs.
Since 1998, CSI has been developing federal law enforcement curriculum funded by the Department of Justice (DOJ) for Native American/Native Alaskan communities including an Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) grant addressing various Juvenile Justice issues and the popular Native American Training Series (NATS I, II, III and IV) funded by the COPS Office which addresses public safety concerns and problem solving on Native lands. In 2012, CSI partnered with the Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services to provide their Basic Supervisory Law Enforcement Training Program and the agency’s Coaching and Mentoring Program for Supervisors.
Bureau of Indian Affairs
The Community Safety Institute contracts with the Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services to provide customized supervisory training programs for BIA agents and Tribal Police.
Native American Trainings Series (NATS)
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.