Sovereign Citizens

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Sovereign Citizens

Course Goal

To educate students on the sovereign citizen movement and the threat they pose to public safety responders.

There have been many documented incidents with public safety responders and sovereign citizens. While, not all factions are violent, those that do pose a significant threat to responders.


This course will define sovereign citizens and discuss their ideology. The course will explain criminal activity portrayed by sovereign citizens and the threat they pose to all responders.


Course Documentation

  • Online Course Acknowledgement
  • Expectations for Online Students
  • Learning Objectives
  • Course Outline - Downloadable



  • Sovereign Citizens Introduction
  • Sovereign Citizen Pulls Over Police Officer
  • Video Discussion

What is a Sovereign Citizen?


  • What is a Sovereign Citizen?
  • Who Are Sovereign Citizens And Are They Above The Law?
  • Has your agency ever dealt with a Sovereign Citizen?
  • Knowledge Checkpoint

Sovereign Citizen Ideology


  • FBI Warns Police of Growing Sovereign Citizen Movement
  • Knowledge Checkpoint
  • Sovereign Citizen Ideology

Crimes Committed by Sovereign Citizens


  • Crimes Committed by Sovereign Citizens
  • Sovereign Citizen Killed - Warrant Service
  • Sovereign Citizen Foreclosure Scam
  • Knowledge Check

Sovereign Citizens - Potential for Violence


  • Sovereign Citizens Potential for Violence.pdf
  • Domestic terror extremists sovereign citizens and law enforcement
  • Knowledge Check

Recognizing and Dealing with Sovereign Citizens


  • Recognizing and Dealing with Sovereign Citizens
  • Sovereign gets Tasered for not Complying
  • Knowledge Check



  • Ohio Sovereign Citizen Slain By Deputies Serving Warrant
  • Sovereign Citizen Worksheet
  • Conclusion

Course Exam

  • Sovereign Citizens - Final Exam

Course Evaluation

  • Course Evaluation

About Your Instructor

Tina L.  Chaffin

Tina L. Chaffin

9-1-1 Training Specialist

I have over 22 years of experience as a 9-1-1 Telecommunicator/Trainer. I have experience in PSAPs large and small. I currently work part-time in a PSAP to retain my skills and industry knowledge.

I am passionate about training and public education. 

I currently hold the following certifications NENA ENP, APCO RPL, Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Master Telecommunicator and Advanced Instructor, Texas Department of Public Safety TCIC/TLETS Instructor, and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Instructor.

Learning Objectives

Define and identify sovereign citizens.

Relate the potential threat to public safety involving sovereign citizens.

Determine the structure of sovereign citizen groups.

Explain the beliefs of sovereign citizens.

Recognize crimes committed by sovereign citizens.

Recognize indicators of potentially violent sovereign citizens and explain steps to ensure responder safety.