Training is a very important focus for the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Police Department. Our officers are bound by training requirements set forth by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Arizona Peace Officer’s Standards and Training Board (AZPOST). Each officer must comply with these requirements to retain their Police Officer certification.

The BIA requires each officer to attend a minimum of 40 hours of training every year. AZPOST requires each officer to attend 8 hours of classroom training each year, as well as 8 hours of proficiency training every 3 years.

Weapons Training

The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Police Department requires each officer to attend ‘Use of Force’ training, including use of ‘less lethal’ equipment including Oleoresin Capsicum (Pepper) Spray, Baton, TASER and Control & Restraint Defensive Tactics.

Our officers train and must qualify with their handgun, rifle, shotgun in both daylight and night time conditions, and pass a judgmental shooting (shoot – don’t shoot) course.

Fort McDowell Police Department officers are trained, and continue to receive training, in a variety of areas including:

  • ZIndian Country Jurisdiction
  • ZLaw and Legal Issues
  • ZInterview and Interrogation Techniques
  • ZDrugs
  • ZGangs
  • ZDomestic Violence Issues and more.

Contact Us

In emergency situations always call 9-1-1. For other police related matters call Fort McDowell Police Department at 480-837-1091.


A team addressing domestic violence, sexual assault


24/7 mental health or substance abuse crisis line