Course topics address the basic beliefs of sovereign citizens and the threats that the criminal extremist element of sovereign citizens presents to law enforcement officers. Emphasis will be given to the problems that sovereign citizens present in court and other legal situations. The workshop will also provide a thorough review of a sovereign citizen encounter in West Memphis, Arkansas that occurred on May 20, 2010. After the encounter, two officers were dead and two others were seriously wounded. Dash-camera and surveillance videos are used to demonstrate pre-incident indicators of sovereign citizen behaviors. The course focuses on how to safely interact with sovereign citizens during traffic stops.
Who Should Attend
State, local, and tribal patrol and street-level law enforcement officers, as well as court officials/officers and analytical personnel assigned to a unit with responsibilities in the area of information gathering and/or investigation of terrorism and criminal extremism, will benefit from this training.
- United States Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Oklahoma
- Regional Organized Crime Information Center®
There is no registration fee. Travel, lodging, and per diem expenses are the responsibility of the attendee. Accommodations will be made for individuals with disabilities as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.