The Southern Poverty Law Center regularly conducts in-person training sessions for local, state and federal law enforcement officers by request. We focus on the history, background, leaders and activities of far-right extremists in the United States.

These free training sessions last from two to six hours and are tailored to fit the requesting agency's requirements – from small police departments needing a basic introduction to the hate movement to intelligence groups needing a more detailed, specialized briefing.

SPLC trainers have almost 50 years of combined experience. They are California POST-certified and Federal Law Enforcement Training Center certified. A lesson plan can be provided to the law enforcement agency to determine if a session qualifies for POST certification or continuing education credits in that state.

The trainers provide information that allows law enforcement officers to better protect their communities and their own safety. Law enforcement officers learn how to recognize hate groups, symbols and activity; the threat potential of specific groups; and how to respond to hate group activity.

The SPLC has identified more than 900 active hate groups across the United States. These groups include neo-Nazis, white nationalists, neo-Confederates, racist skinheads, Klansmen and black separatists. Other groups target gays or immigrants, and some specialize in producing racist music or propaganda denying the Holocaust. The SPLC has also identified more than 600 hate websites based in the United States.

Contact us to request in-person training or to learn more about our program.