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Justice Department’s Collaborative Reform Initiative Technical Assistance Center Reaches 1,000 Technical Assistance Engagements with Local Law Enforcement Agencies

The Milestone Comes as the Justice Department Continues to Prioritize Bolstering Public Safety and Reducing Violent Crime Through Critical Partnerships and Innovative Policing Reforms

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Justice Department today announced that the Collaborative Reform Initiative Technical Assistance Center (CRI-TAC), which provides a wide array of technical assistance services for the law enforcement field, has achieved a major milestone in providing more than 1,000 technical assistance engagements to state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement agencies across the country.

Developed by the Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), the Collaborative Reform Initiative helps law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve identify and implement organizational improvements and reforms through training, consultation, peer-based learning, analysis, and in-depth assessments. The Initiative is structured as a continuum of services offered to law enforcement agencies on a strictly voluntary basis. CRI-TAC, one of three programs under the broader Collaborative Reform Initiative, provides critical, tailored technical assistance resources to state, local, tribal, territorial and campus law enforcement agencies on a wide variety of topics.

“The CRI-TAC Initiative has been a key component of the expanded Collaborative Reform Initiative relaunched almost two years ago,” said Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta. “The response we’ve seen – now over 1000 engagements on everything from de-escalation training to officer wellness and countless other topics – speaks to the demand for, and utility of, this form of technical assistance provided ‘by the field, for the field.’ The Justice Department is grateful for the extensive engagement and partnerships with law enforcement and community groups as we continue to enhance and expand our technical assistance offerings to support public safety and police-community trust.”

The Attorney General and the Associate Attorney General announced the expansion of the Collaborative Reform in March of 2022.

Some of the areas of technical assistance requested most by agencies include de-escalation techniques, active threat response, public sector coordination and partnerships, school and campus safety, and officer safety and wellness. Specific topics have included the following:

  • Using a public health approach to address violent crime
  • Strengthening proactive youth engagement within a transit agency
  • Improving safety and wellness programming throughout an officer’s career
  • Using the internal discipline process for enhanced accountability

The types of technical assistance most requested are training and resource referrals; virtual and on-site consultations are the next most frequent forms of technical assistance delivered. Other forms of technical assistance included policy reviews and in-depth briefings from subject matter experts.

In the evaluations submitted following their engagements, agencies uniformly praised all aspects of the program – from the delivery of services and the subject matter experts provided, to the quality of the information received, to the gains in their level of knowledge and the ability to make positive changes in their agencies based on the training and technical assistance received.

“This is a big milestone for the COPS Office’s technical assistance efforts, and I am extremely grateful that so many law enforcement agencies across the country have been able to get the help they need through the Collaborative Reform Initiative,” said Director Hugh T. Clements, Jr. of the COPS Office. “When law enforcement agencies reach out for help, communities are the ultimate beneficiaries. We look forward to building on this success by helping many more agencies in the months and years ahead.”

Through CRI-TAC, the COPS Office partners with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and eight other leading law enforcement organizations to deliver tailored technical assistance that meets the needs of law enforcement agencies in a “by the field, for the field” approach.  Partner agencies include:

  • FBI National Academy Associates
  • Fraternal Order of Police
  • International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators
  • International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training
  • National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives
  • National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives
  • National Sheriffs’ Association
  • National Tactical Officers Association

Applications to request assistance from CRI-TAC are accepted on a rolling basis, and the technical assistance is delivered at no cost to the agency. Agencies interested in requesting collaborative reform technical assistance can learn more at Caution: has detected a possible phishing attempt from “” claiming to be

The COPS Office is the federal component of the Justice Department responsible for advancing community policing nationwide. The only Justice Department agency with policing in its name, the COPS Office was established in 1994 and has been the cornerstone of the nation’s crime fighting strategy with grants, a variety of knowledge resource products, and training and technical assistance. Through the years, the COPS Office has become the go-to organization for law enforcement agencies across the country and continues to listen to the field and provide the resources that are needed to reduce crime and build trust between law enforcement and the communities served. The COPS Office has been appropriated more than $20 billion to advance community policing, including grants awarded to more than 13,000 state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies to fund the hiring and redeployment of approximately 138,000 officers.