AG Sessions Announces New Technical Assistance Center
Mar 15, 2018
Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced March 15 the launch of the Collaborative Reform Initiative Technical Assistance Center (CRI-TAC) during the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Division Midyear Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. The CRI-TAC brings together a coalition of the United States’ top public safety organizations under the leadership of the IACP to provide tailored technical assistance to policing agencies through a $7 million award from the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office).
Using a “by the field, for the field” approach, the CRI-TAC supports state, local, tribal, and campus agencies through a host of methods, including training, peer-to-peer consultation, and strategic planning. These resources are designed to support agencies on a range of public safety, crime reduction, and community policing topics.
"Better training and the more sophisticated policing strategies were key reasons for 20 years of declining crime in America," Attorney General Sessions said. "I believe that continuing to advance our technical sophistication can help us reduce crime once again, and that's why we're investing in CRI-TAC. Improving access to training for our state and local law enforcement partners will mean better policing and a safer America."
“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.” IACLEA Director-at-Large August Washington, Associate Vice Chancellor and Chief of Police at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, represented the Association at the announcement.
For the first time, the following law enforcement stakeholder organizations—and their 420,000+ members—are working together to create a center of resources and subject matter expertise explicitly focusing on the needs of policing agencies:
- Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)
- Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Associates (FBINAA)
- International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA)
- International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST)
- Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA)
- National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE)
- National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)
- National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA)
“The IACP is excited to work alongside eight leading law enforcement leadership and labor organizations to build and deliver this comprehensive technical assistance center that can support the diverse agencies and communities around the United States with customized solutions for the field, by the field,” said IACP President Louis M. Dekmar, Chief of the LaGrange, Georgia, Police Department.
IACLEA subject matter experts will be among the public safety professionals providing technical assistance. Among the topics that CRI-TAC resources and experts will address are: proactive policing, mass casualty response, officer safety and wellness, mass demonstration response, gangs, violent crime reduction and prevention, drug-related crime, shared service models, community engagement, de-escalation, crisis intervention, at-risk youth, domestic violence reduction and prevention, human trafficking, and school safety.
Law enforcement agencies interested in submitting a voluntary request to participate in the CRI-TAC should visit www.collaborativereform.org.
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