Indian Affairs | OJS

Office of Justice Services

Don’t Shatter the Dream Campaign:

From December 14 2012, through January 1, 2013, The BIA Office of Justice Services will be mobilizing Indian Country Law Enforcement during our annual “Don’t Shatter the Dream” impaired driving campaign. ...

Alcohol impaired driving is a problem with a devastating impact on our nation. In fact, nearly a million and a half drivers are arrested each year for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Holiday celebrations can lead to increased drinking and driving, and combined with inclement winter weather, can be a recipe for disaster. The holidays should be a time of celebration for our Tribal Nations, not a time of pain and sadness caused by impaired driving related motor vehicle accidents.

The BIA Office of Justice Services encourages everyone to drive safely this holiday season, and help us make the roadways safe for all.

If your plans do involve consuming alcohol, always designate a sober driver and make sure to buckle up. Do a little pre-planning, and think how your actions could affect others. Impaired driving can cost you your freedom or even worse, a life.

Please Drive sober this Holiday Season, and "Don’t Shatter the Dream."


TLOA Webinars

Be sure to sign up for upcoming webinars sponsored by: DOI BIA Office of Justice Services, DOJ Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice, Indian Health Services, and SAMHSA

Download the Hold the Date Flyers:

Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA) Webinars: Interagency Memorandum of Agreement & Tribal Action Plans (TAP) and TLOA Tribal Justice Plan: An Overview & Update on Implemention - pdf 807 kb

TLOA Tribal Justice Plan: An Overview & Update on Implementation - pdf 446 kb

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Click below to download the 2012 Crime-Reduction Best Practices Handbook,

Summary of the BIA Office of Justice Services


The protection of lives, resources, and property is at the heart of the BIA's law enforcement effort, and fully supports the Secretary's ongoing commitment to safe and healthy Indian communities.  Under the direction of the Deputy BIA Director - Office of Justice Services, the Office of Justice Services (OJS) is responsible for the overall management of the Bureau's law enforcement program.  Its main goal is to uphold the constitutional sovereignty of the Federally recognized Tribes and preserve peace within Indian country. 

The office has seven areas of activity: Criminal Investigations and Police Services, Detention/Corrections, Inspection/Internal Affairs, Tribal Law Enforcement and Special Initiatives, the Indian Police Academy, Tribal Justice Support, and Program Management. The OJS also provides oversight and technical assistance to tribal law enforcement programs when and where requested. The OJS has primary responsibility for the investigation of crimes that occur in Indian country.  For Fiscal year 2008-2009, OJS funded 191 law enforcement agencies consisting of 42 BIA operated and 149 tribally operated under contract, or compact for operation, currently the office:

  • Develops standards, policies and procedures for BIA-wide implementation.
  • Operates the Indian Police Academy.
  • Monitors tribally contracted justice services programs.
  • Directly operates law enforcement programs for tribes who do not run their own programs.
  • Conducts inspections and evaluation of BIA and Tribal Justice Services programs.
  • Conducts internal investigations of misconduct by law enforcement officers.
  • Provides emergency tactical response teams to reservations requiring assistance, or threatened with disruptions or civil disorder.
  • Conducts criminal investigations into criminal violations committed on reservations involving Federal, State, County, Local and Tribal codes.

During FY’2009 and 2010, the major emphasis for OJS program activities has addressed the methamphetamine (meth) crisis, which is considered by many tribal leaders as the number one threat to public safety in Indian Country. With increased resources, the OJS is addressing the issue by strengthening collaborative relations with other Indian Affairs programs as well as with other Federal and Tribal agencies. These efforts include hiring more uniformed officers, increasing services to address child neglect and abuse, and identifying solutions to the shortages of detention center space and personnel.

The combination of small populations spread over large geographic areas, under-developed economies, and the resulting high levels of unemployment have created an environment highly conducive to the current meth crisis especially when these characteristics are combined with the widely dispersed law enforcement presence generally found on Federal Indian reservations. Despite this unique challenge, the BIA Office of Justice Services Programs will continue to carry out its responsibilities and work with the tribes to protect lives, property and to uphold law and justice in Indian Country.