COPS Office Releases Report on Law Enforcement Solutions


Law Enforcement Solutions By the Field, For the Field Collaborative Reform Annual Review Released by the US Department of Justice – Community Oriented Policing Services Office

Last year, eight agencies, led by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) came together in an unprecedented manner when the Collaborative Reform Initiative – Technical Assistance Center was launched.

“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.”

In 2018, the Collaborative Reform Initiative enhanced its efforts by focusing on partnering to create solutions by the field – for the field. The National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE) along with the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA), FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA), International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST), National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), and the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) have been meeting weekly to discuss strategies to effect change based on the requests made by law enforcement agencies from across the country.

Providing technical assistance to state, municipal, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies that enhances organizational goals, public safety, crime reduction, and community policing effectiveness while maintaining local control and accountability for effective policing in their communities is the goal of the Collaborative Reform Initiative – Technical Assistance Center (CRI-TAC).

NAWLEE has been a leader in this effort by providing its insight and experience during intake calls with agencies seeking services, assisting with finding subject matter experts as needed, and weighing in on requests, work plans, and deliverables. Executive Director, Kym Craven, who leads the NAWLEE effort related to CRI-TAC shared “CRI-TAC is a dynamic and flexible program that allows agencies to come forward with issues, concerns, or needs and immediately has access to policing professionals with years of experience to help develop creative solutions.” The process provides timely technical assistance which is much different than a typical grant program that often requires a fair amount of paperwork and many months to start implementing initiatives.

NAWLEE is pleased to be on the forefront of this effort stated NAWLEE President Anna Richardson Griffin, “When Past President Valerie Cunningham brought the opportunity to become a CRI-TAC partner to the NAWLEE Board we quickly agreed, we knew it was going to be a great service to agencies of all sizes, further not only does NAWLEE offer a different perspective, we also offer practical real world experience to the discussion.”

The collaboration between the involved agencies is groundbreaking and will have a lasting and positive impact on the law enforcement profession. To read the report, please click on the report to the the left or here.