Training & Outreach by the State Department

State Department Activities to Advance Consular Notification and Access Awareness and Compliance

Training and Outreach

U.S. State Department experts travel extensively throughout the United States to provide training on consular notification and access to federal, state, and local law enforcement, corrections and criminal justice officials free of charge. If your agency or department is interested in training, please call us at 202-485-7703 or email us at

Training Materials

We have distributed more than 1,000,000 manuals and pocket cards to U.S. law enforcement, corrections and criminal justice agencies since 1998. To order free manuals and pocket cards for your agency, please complete our online order form. Model SOP's are also available upon request.


The Department has published several articles on consular notification and access, including feature-length pieces in Corrections Today and American Jails Magazine, the membership magazines of the American Correctional Association and the American Jail Association. In 2003, the International Association of Chiefs of Police published a State Department-written training monograph on this subject for law enforcement officers – no. 562 in their “Training Key” series.

We are available to work with editors and authors interested in publishing or writing feature pieces about consular notification and access. Please email us at with article ideas and any questions.

CALEA Standard

The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., published a consular notification and access standard in their Standards for Law Enforcement Agencies. The CNA standard requires all law enforcement agencies to implement a written directive governing procedures for ensuring compliance with the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and the other consular notification treaties. Law enforcement may use the State Department's CNA model SOP as a template for drafting the required directive.  CALEA members represent approximately 80 percent of the law enforcement profession in the U.S. The Commission derives its accreditation authority from those agencies that voluntarily participate in the accreditation program. For more information about CALEA accreditation, please visit the CALEA website.