Special Message from Mike Becar, IADLEST Executive Director (May 5, 2020):


As an additional resource for our IADLEST members, IADLEST is a partner, along with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), on the COPS Office’s Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance Center (CRI-TAC), which is rapidly responding to the needs of the field. Since the launch of the COVID-19 Library of Resources, we have uploaded more than 110 resources to the searchable directory. This library of agency policies, standard operating procedures, fact sheets, press releases, special orders, and other COVID-19–related materials allows law enforcement to share important guidance with one another on issues such as risk mitigation, communication, and officer safety.


Additionally, we want to be responsive in meeting the needs of our IADLEST members during these challenging times. As such, we’d love to learn more as to how we can assist you. Do you need assistance with developing on-line training? Assistance with transitioning from in-person to virtual environment? Assistance with developing science-based curricula using adult learning methods?  CRI-TAC is actively developing resources and tools to help you respond to COVID-19. If you have a direct technical assistance need as a result of COVID-19, please reach out to Pam Cammarata at pam@iadlest.org, who will discuss CRI-TAC services with you.  CRI-TAC can offer short-term, remote technical assistance for agencies that need expert assistance from others in the field.


Learn more about the no-cost CRI-TAC services in this 2-minute CRI-TAC Promotional Video


IADLEST is delighted to be a partner with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and eight additional extraordinary law enforcement organizations in providing tailored technical assistance for local law enforcement agencies.

 Each year, law enforcement faces new challenges. The Collaborative Reform Initiative Technical Assistance Center (CRI-TAC) serves as an adaptable and responsive resource to help law enforcement agencies overcome such challenges. CRI-TAC works side-by-side with law enforcement leaders, addressing critical issues as well as those unforeseen challenges, by providing high-quality training and technical expertise customized to meet the unique needs of law enforcement agencies nationwide.”

— Mike Becar, Executive Director, IADLEST

Are you interested in no-cost training and/or technical assistance to meet your agency's specific public safety needs?

CRI-TAC staff, partner organizations, and subject matter experts stand ready to deliver on a broad range of technical assistance topics. The example topics in the following list were designed to cover the spectrum of policy, training, operational, strategic, administrative, managerial, and leadership needs for the field to continue advancing the law enforcement profession. Law enforcement agencies may request assistance on any topic they choose, no matter whether it fits neatly into one of these categories:

  • 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
  • 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
  • At-Risk Youth
  • Domestic Violence Reduction and Prevention
  • Human Trafficking
  • School Safety

For more information or to request training and/or technical assistance, visit the CRI*TAC Technical Assistance Center located here:

CRI*TAC Technical Assistance Center


Check out our Report, released April 24, 2019:

U.S. Department of Justice Releases Report on the Progress of the Collaborative Reform Initiative Technical Assistance Center

The Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) today released a new report, “Law Enforcement Solutions By the Field, For the Field: Collaborative Reform Annual Review,” that highlights the progress made to date of the Collaborative Reform Initiative Technical Assistance Center (CRI-TAC). In 2017, the Department of Justice announced an unprecedented award to a coalition of police leadership, unions and other law enforcement organizations to come together to provide tailored technical assistance for local policing agencies.

The report highlights the work of the CRI-TAC, the key partners involved, and how the COPS Office is providing field-driven technical assistance. Inside the reader will find program performance metrics, case studies, and testimonials on how the CRI-TAC has benefitted law enforcement agencies across the country.  In just one year, the CRI-TAC has fielded over 150 requests for assistance on critical issues in law enforcement such as de-escalation, intelligence and information sharing, active shooter response, crisis intervention, and school safety.

“The CRI-TAC is a perfect example of the positive results that are possible when we work together,” said COPS Office Director Phil Keith.  “The partnership represented by this coalition of professionals is unlike anything I’ve seen in my more than four decades in law enforcement.  When chiefs and sheriffs and management and unions come together with a common goal, the entire law enforcement field benefits.”

The CRI-TAC provides results-oriented technical assistance and includes partners from the following organizations:

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Associates (FBINAA)
  • Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) 
  • International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA)
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
  • International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST)
  • National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE)
  • National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)
  • National Sheriffs’ Association
  • National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA)