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How CRI-TAC benefits law enforcement through customized training and technical assistance

“What CRITAC offers is a vehicle for agencies to receive training and technical assistance and support of projects at no cost.”

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The landscape of law enforcement in the United States is in a constant state of evolution. From the transition to the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) from the traditional FBI Uniform Crime Report (UCR) to the growing need for comprehensive officer training and community engagement strategies, police departments nationwide are navigating a complex web of changes and challenges.

These shifts underscore the critical need for innovative approaches to support law enforcement agencies in their mission to serve and protect. As the demands on police officers grow more complex, the importance of access to high-quality training, resources and technical assistance cannot be overstated.

In this episode of the Policing Matters podcast, host Jim Dudley talks to David T. Snively, a program manager for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), to explore how the Collaborative Reform Initiative Technical Assistance Center (CRI-TAC) program can assist law enforcement agencies in navigating current challenges.

This initiative offers police agencies access to tailored training and resources designed to meet their unique needs. Through this conversation, listeners gain a deeper understanding of how CRI-TAC empowers agencies to improve their operations and foster better relationships with the communities they serve.

Learn more about the CRITAC program here.

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Memorable quotes

  • “This is a program that has transcended presidential administrations... It speaks to the level of importance that’s being placed on delivering high-quality training and technical assistance.”
  • “Every police department is struggling with funding... what this offers is a vehicle for agencies to receive training and technical assistance and support of projects at no cost.”
  • “The types of projects that we support run from active shooter response to starting an officer wellness program or conducting a policy review for an agency that’s looking to update their standards say around vehicular pursuits or use of force.”
  • “We’re not here to tell you... you’re doing this wrong; we’re here to support you and tell you how to do it right.”

Key takeaways

  1. Access to expertise: CRI-TAC provides agencies with direct access to a network of experts and resources across a broad spectrum of law enforcement areas.
  2. Funding challenges: The initiative offers a solution to the widespread issue of funding for law enforcement training and development.
  3. Customized support: CRI-TAC emphasizes tailored assistance, ensuring that agencies receive support that directly addresses their specific needs and challenges.
  4. Proactive improvement: The program focuses on preventative measures, helping agencies to improve practices and policies before problems escalate, thereby fostering a more professional and community-focused policing approach.

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