The Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance Center (CRI-TAC) 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. CRI-TAC is a public service and offered at no-cost to your agency.

Request Technical Assistance

To help us best serve you, please include the following information: 1) Name of your agency 2) Number of sworn officers 3) Size of population served 4) Topic and service requested 5) Contact information

Technical assistance requests involving matters where there are active state, local, or federal investigations pending, or that are the subject or potential subject of litigation, may not be approved. These include, but are not limited to, requests for after-action assessments or critical incident reviews.

Services

CRI-TAC staff will work with you to provide a customized solution. Types of services the CRI-TAC can provide include:

  • Resource Referral
    Toolkits, reports, and other relevant publications
  • Web-based Training
    Recorded webinars and live online training
  • In-person Training
    Existing and customized on-site training
  • Virtual Mentoring
    Personnel from the requesting agency will be connected with subject matter experts to share information and promising practices via phone or video conference call.
  • Meeting Facilitation
    Subject matter experts will assist in facilitating meetings among agency members and other public and private sector stakeholders
  • On-site Consulting
    Subject matter experts visit the requesting agency to collaborate with agency leaders and provide guidance on best practices and tailored solutions

Areas of Assistance

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:

General Topics
  • Active Shooter Response
  • Animal Crimes
  • Community Engagement
  • Crime Analysis
  • Crisis Intervention
  • De-escalation
  • Domestic Violence Reduction and Prevention
  • Drug Abuse Prevention
  • Drug and Human Trafficking Interdictions Team
  • Drug-related Crime
  • Elder Abuse
  • Focused Deterrence
  • Gangs
  • Gun Violence Reduction and Prevention
  • Hate Crimes
  • Homeless Populations
  • Human Trafficking
  • Intelligence and Information Sharing
  • Leadership
  • Management and Supervision
  • Mass Casualty Response
  • Mass Demonstration Response
  • Modern Police Performance Management (e.g. CompStat)
  • Officer Safety and Wellness
  • Private Sector Coordination and Partnerships
  • Proactive Policing
  • Problem Solving Techniques
  • Prosecution Coordination and Partnerships
  • Public Sector Coordination and Partnerships
  • Recruitment, Hiring, and Retention
  • School Safety
  • Shared Service Models
  • Traffic Safety
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems
  • Violent Crime Reduction and Prevention
  • Youth Engagement
Sheriff Topics

In addition to the General Topics topic areas:

  • Analytics
  • Border Security
  • Civil Process
  • Corrections/Jail Operations
  • Court Security
  • Interdiction Teams
  • Officer Safety and Wellness
  • Prisoner Transport
  • Technology

More Information on Sheriff Specific Assistance

Tribal Topics

In addition to the General Topics topic areas:

  • Child Abuse
  • Community Policing and Problem Solving in a Tribal Setting
  • CPTED in a Tribal Setting
  • Crime Scene Processing
  • Cross-Deputization and Regional Partnerships (including Public Law 280 considerations)
  • Domestic Violence in Tribal Communities
  • Drug Endangered Children in a Tribal Setting
  • Drug Identification and Response
  • Evidence Collection and Storage
  • Hiring and Recruitment of Native American Officers
  • Human Trafficking in Indian Country
  • Missing and murdered Indigenous peoples response (training, protocols, engagement)
  • School/Campus Safety in Tribal Communities
  • Security and Law Enforcement Partnerships
  • Sexual Assault in Tribal Communities
  • Tribal Law Enforcement Leadership
  • Tribal Youth Partnerships

More Information on Tribal Specfic Assistance

Map of CRI-TAC Sites

Map of CRI-TAC Sites

Alaska-Specific Resources

Alaska Initiative

FAQs

Who can request assistance?

All requests must be received from the chief executive of a law enforcement agency or with expressed authorization from the chief executive of the law enforcement agency. Requesting agencies do not need to be a member of the IACP or any partnering organization to be considered for technical assistance services.

Are other services provided other than those already described?

The CRI-TAC understands that each technical assistance request is unique and are open to exploring other services should specific needs arise. With that said, there are certain costs that cannot be offered through the CRI-TAC project, such as personnel and equipment needs.

Does the CRI-TAC provide after-action or critical incident reviews?

As a matter of standard practice, technical assistance requests involving matters where there are active state, local, or federal investigations pending, or that are the subject or potential subject of litigation, are unlikely to be approved. These may include, but are not limited to, requests for after-action assessments or critical incident reviews.

Partnering Organizations

International Association of Chiefs of Police
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FBI National Academy Associates, Inc
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Fraternal Order of Police
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International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, Inc.
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International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training
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Major Cities Chiefs Association
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National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives, Inc.
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National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives
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National Sheriffs’ Association
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National Tactical Officers Association
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