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. Agency participation in CRI-TAC is voluntary.

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:

  • Modern Police Performance Management (e.g. CompStat)
  • Crime Analysis
  • Active Shooter Response
  • Prosecution Coordination and Partnerships
  • Public Sector Coordination and Partnerships
  • Private Sector Coordination and Partnerships
  • Tribal Law Enforcement
  • Intelligence and Information Sharing
  • Focused Deterrence
  • Gun Violence Reduction and Prevention
  • Problem Solving Techniques
  • Proactive Policing
  • Traffic Safety
  • Hate Crimes
  • Recruitment, Hiring, and Retention
  • Drug Abuse Prevention
  • Management and Supervision
  • Leadership
  • 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
  • Youth Engagement
  • Domestic Violence Reduction and Prevention
  • Human Trafficking
  • School Safety
  • Homeless Populations
  • Elder Abuse
  • Drug and Human Trafficking Interdiction Teams
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems

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.


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 multiple member organizations will form the Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance Center (CRI-TAC).

International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is a professional association for law enforcement worldwide. For more than 120 years, the IACP has been launching internationally acclaimed programs, speaking on behalf of law enforcement, conducting groundbreaking research, and providing exemplary programs and services to members across the globe.

FBI National Academy Associates, Inc. (FBI NAA)
The FBI NAA is an international organization of 17,000 senior law enforcement professionals dedicated to providing our communities, states, countries, and profession with the highest degree of law enforcement expertise, training, education and information.

Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)
The FOP is the world's largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers, with more than 330,000 members in more than 2,200 lodges. The FOP is committed to improving the working conditions of law enforcement officers and the safety of those we serve through education, legislation, information, community involvement, and employee representation.

International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, Inc. (IACLEA)
IACLEA is a leading authority for campus public safety. Members represent campus law enforcement and security personnel at higher education institutions across the globe. IACLEA advances public safety for educational institutions by providing educational resources, advocacy, and professional development services.

International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST)
IADLEST is an international organization of training managers and executives dedicated to the improvement of public safety personnel. IADLEST serves as the national forum of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) agencies, boards, and commissions as well as statewide training academies throughout the United States.

Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA)
MCCA is a professional association of Chiefs and Sheriffs representing the largest cities in the United States and Canada. MCCA membership is comprised of Chiefs and Sheriffs of the sixty-nine largest law enforcement agencies in the United States and ten largest in Canada.


National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives, Inc. (NAWLEE)
The purpose and mission of NAWLEE is to promote the ideals and principles of women executives in law enforcement; to conduct training seminars to train and educate women executives in law enforcement; including but not limited to the areas of leadership, management, and administration; to provide a forum for the exchange of information concerning law enforcement and generally fostering effective law enforcement.

National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)
NOBLE serves as the conscience of law enforcement by being committed to Justice by Action. NOBLE has nearly 60 chapters and represents over 3,000 members worldwide that represent chief executive officers and command-level law enforcement officials from federal, state, county, municipal law enforcement agencies, and criminal justice practitioners.

National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA)
The NSA is a professional association dedicated to serving the Office of Sheriff and its affiliates through law enforcement education and training, and through the provision of general law enforcement informational resources. NSA represents thousands of sheriffs, deputies and other law enforcement, public safety professionals, and concerned citizens nationwide.

National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA)
NTOA currently has more than 40,000 members from specialties that include patrol, TEMS, crisis negotiations, canine, corrections, sniper, protective operations, explosives, command, tactical dispatchers, behavioral sciences and more. The Association’s goal is to improve public safety and domestic security through training, education and tactical excellence.

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