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Star For Immediate Release
September 11, 2014

CONTACT: Dean M. Kueter, Jr
(202) 305-5012

COPS Office Awards Nearly $5 Million for the Collaborative Reform Initiative

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) released nearly $5 million in federal funding for the Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance.

The FY 2014 grantees are:

Police Foundation $1,114,444
Hillard Heintze $1,125,000
Institute for Intergovernmental Research $1,125,000
The CNA Corporation $1,124,974
Community Resources for Justice $500,000

The Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance (CRI-TA) is a program through which the COPS Office provides funding to technical assistance providers to work with law enforcement agencies to assess issues that affect police and community relationships.

Technical assistance is the dissemination and application of specialized knowledge or expertise to the field to address a problem or need for the purpose of informing policy and practice. Technical assistance supports crime prevention, criminal justice, juvenile justice, and victim services stakeholders.

CRI-TA funds are used to provide technical assistance to agencies on significant law enforcement-related issues such as excessive use of force, officer involved shootings, and racial profiling. Using subject-matter experts, interviews, and direct observation, technical assistance providers will assist law enforcement agencies with enhancing and improving their policies and procedures, systems, and relationships with the communities they serve.

If appropriate, technical assistance providers can issue a series of recommendations, and be instrumental in assisting agencies with the implementation of those recommendations or finding the right resources to do so.