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IACLEA to Support Creation of Technical Assistance Center

IACLEA to Support Multi-Organization Effort to Create Collaborative Reform Initiative Technical Assistance Center (CRI-TAC)

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) on December 20, 2017, received a $7 million award from the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), U.S. Department of Justice’s Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance. IACLEA is one of seven major law enforcement organizations that will collaborate to bring the Collaborative Reform Initiative Technical Assistance Center (CRI-TAC) to reality.

“IACLEA is honored to be a part of this vital initiative,” said IACLEA President David Bousquet. “The input of campus public safety experts will enhance the project development and, ultimately, the technical assistance center. We look forward to rolling up our sleeves and working with our project partners.”

According to the announcement from IACP: The CRI-TAC will provide quality, customizable technical assistance for law enforcement agencies, enabling them to continue to enhance their organizational, public safety, crime reduction, and community policing effectiveness. The CRI-TAC will be built around the philosophy that local involvement and accountability are important for ensuring that agencies are able to meet the needs and expectations of their communities and are prepared for the diverse challenges facing law enforcement today. Recognizing that assistance cannot be prescriptive in nature, CRI-TAC technical assistance will be tailored to each agency, to provide effective solutions able to meet unique community needs. In addition, the CRI-TAC will develop a resource hub to support law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve.

In addition to IACLEA and IACP, six other organizations will lend expertise to the project:

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Associates (FBINAA)
  • Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)
  • Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA)
  • National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE)
  • International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST)
  • National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA)

Upon completion, the center will provide technical assistance to law enforcement and public safety across the country in areas such as:

  • Active shooter response
  • Coordination with prosecutors, other public-sector stakeholders, and private-sector stakeholders
  • Crime reduction strategy support for tribal law enforcement
  • Effective intelligence and information sharing between federal and local law enforcement to support public safety goals
  • Focused deterrence approaches to support broader public safety goals
  • Mass casualty response
  • Officer safety and wellness
  • Police response to mass demonstrations
  • Problem-solving techniques and strategies targeting crime reduction, in particular violent, gang, and drug crime
  • Shared service models for smaller jurisdictions to support effective crime reduction efforts (including investigations and crime analysis)
  • Training for de-escalation strategies, crisis intervention, and citizen engagement to address violent crime
  • Youth deterrence and intelligence-gathering techniques designed to prevent gang participation.


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