They are a small force – 330 officers – who must provide law enforcement for 180,000 people, covering a 17 million acre reservation. They must negotiate ancient customs and modern problems.
Navajo Cops takes you inside the unique world of a mostly rural Law Enforcement Agency, facing a struggle with big city crime, while also navigating a world steeped in centuries old traditions, and a long and proud heritage. Each episode takes you inside the lives of the Navajo People, their history and culture, and the challenges the tribe faces today. Navajo Cops exposes the viewers to a world they have never seen and provides a deeper understanding of the issues that “First Peoples” face in the 21st Century.
The Navajo call themselves Dine; literally “the people” and more than 180,000 of them live on the largest Indian Reservation in North America. It’s a vast land mass roughly the size of the state of West Virginia, and spread out over large portions of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. And while many Navajos continue to lead a traditional lifestyle — raising sheep or living on small farms on the majestic land of their ancestors — the tribe is also facing the same 21st Century challenges as nearly every other community in America.
Charged with keeping law & order on the reservation are the 330 men and women of the Navajo Department of Public Safety. Starting out on horseback in the 1870s, the Navajo Police are now a modern force, armed with some of the latest technology and weapons, and working closely with Federal Agencies like the FBI and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, to fight crime throughout the 17 million acre reservation.
Ride along with the Native American police officers of the Navajo Cops as they deal with everything from the day to day dangers that come with the job, to the hunt for missing persons in the vast open country and the theft and vandalism of historic artifacts, to busting drug dealers, and coming face to face with the new threat; gangs that have started to terrorize many of the communities on the Reservation.
On the season premiere of Navajo Cops: Skinwalkers tonight at 10P, a patrolman tracks down three gunmen involved in an attempted murder. Drug and Gang Officers hunt a suspected armed robber with the US Marshals. Officers hunt a mysterious supernatural creature known only as “The Howler”. Ride along with the men and women of the Navajo Police as they patrol the largest Indian Reservation in North America, dealing with everything from assault cases to drug and gang enforcement, on their mission to preserve an ancient way of life.