Rural law enforcement agencies are critical in protecting large swaths of the country, often with fewer than 10 sworn officers. As significant players ensuring public safety, these smaller jurisdictions share many of the same challenges as their urban counterparts — but extended across larger geographic areas, and with less funding or technical support. RIC serves this rural law enforcement community by providing information on data, funding opportunities, state and agency contacts, as well as resources for K-9 units.
Special Topics, Grant Information and Training Resources
U.S. Department of Justice
Topics for Departments and Officers
- Community Policing Topics
- Justice Innovation Center for Small, Rural, Tribal, and Border Criminal Justice Agencies
- National Criminal Justice Reference Center
- Crime Solutions.Gov
- Indicators of School Crime and Safety
- National Gang Center
- COPS Funding Announcements
- Office of Justice Programs for Law Enforcement
- Bureau of Justice Assistance Programs
- National Criminal Justice Reference Service and Virtual Library
- National Institute of Justice
- Office for Victims of Crime
- Office on Violence Against Women
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Low-cost and no-cost training opportunities for state, local, and tribal law enforcement officers. Trainings are designed to "support the development of specialized law enforcement knowledge and skills."
Contact your regional coordinator, complete the application for training, or request to host a training.
"A portal that enables Federal, State, Local, and Tribal First Responders to easily access and leverage federal web services, information on resources, products, standards, testing and evaluation, and best practices, in a collaborative environment."
U.S. Department of Commerce
Projects and press releases about NTIA’s "activities to advance public safety communications and support first responder needs."