Collaborative Reform Initiative Technical Assistance Center (CRI-TAC)

By the field, for the field

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.

These services are delivered at no cost to your agency. Built to meet the diverse needs of law enforcement agencies today, the CRI-TAC works to develop solutions specifically tailored to your agency, allowing you to play an active role in the problem-solving process. The CRI-TAC provides a collaborative and comprehensive process in which subject matter experts from the field help your agency reach the forefront of cutting-edge innovation and evidence-based practices.


  • 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


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:

  • Active Shooter Response
  • Community Engagement
  • Crime Analysis
  • Crisis Intervention
  • De-escalation
  • Domestic Violence Reduction and Prevention
  • Drug-related Crime
  • Drug Abuse Prevention
  • Elder Abuse
  • Focused Deterrence
  • Gangs
  • Gun Violence Reduction and Prevention
  • Homeless Populations
  • Hate Crimes
  • 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
  • Tribal Law Enforcement
  • Violent Crime Reduction and Prevention
  • Youth Engagement



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

Please visit or email to request assistance.


Along with NSA and the Department of Justice's COPS Office, the CRI-TAC provides results-oriented technical assistance from the following partner organizations:


This project was supported, in whole or in part, by cooperative agreement number 2017-CR-WX-K001 awarded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. The opinions contained herein are those of the author(s) or contributor(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice. References to specific individuals, agencies, companies, products, or services should not be considered an endorsement by the author(s) or the U.S. Department of Justice. Rather, the references are illustrations to supplement discussion of the issues.