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U.S. Indian Police Academy - Bureau of Indian Affairs - Office of Justice Services


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Established as the U.S. Indian Police Training and Research Center, the Academy opened in Roswell, New Mexico, on the site of a former Air Force base on December 17, 1968. The Academy began training law enforcement officers from throughout the United States who serve tribal communities.

In 1973, the Academy was relocated to the Inter-mountain Inter-tribal School campus, Brigham City, Utah, as an operation of BIA’s Central Office, Division of Law Enforcement Services. In October 1984, the Academy opened in Marana, Arizona under auspices of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center where it continued basic police training. During this period the Indian Law Enforcement Officers Memorial was built.

In January 1993, the Academy relocated to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia, New Mexico, the current location of the Academy. The Indian Law Enforcement Officer Memorial was also relocated to the center.

Today, full-time law enforcement officers/instructors design and deliver training specific for 201 Indian Country Justice Services needs for police officers, criminal investigators, correctional officers, command staff, and telecommunication equipment operators. The Academy offers significant training opportunities in partnership with the FLETCS- Artesia (NM) and Glynco (GA) Centers for instructor training, specialized courses, and e-learning courses.

For more information about the programs offered by the U.S. Indian Police Academy, please contact (575) 748-8151 or visit us at