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Collaborative Reform

The Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance (CRI-TA) program provides critical and tailored technical assistance resources to state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies on a wide variety of topics. It features a “by the field, for the field” approach while delivering individualized technical assistance using leading experts in a range of public safety, crime reduction, and community policing topics. Agency participation in CRI-TA is voluntary.

Technical assistance encompasses a host of methods including training, peer-to-peer consultation, analysis, coaching, and strategic planning. Participating agencies identify areas of assistance to best suit their local needs, which may include the following:

On December 20, 2017, the COPS Office and the US Department of Justice announced that the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) in collaboration with the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Associates (FBINAA), Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), 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), and the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) will form the Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance Center (CRI-TAC). Please see the press release for additional information.

For more information about the CRI-TA program and the technical assistance resources available through the COPS Office, please contact the COPS Office by email at or by phone at 202-353-4400.

For any press inquiries, please contact the COPS Office Communications Division at (202) 514-9079 or