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Header: Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance (CRI-TA)

The Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance (Collaborative Reform) is designed to improve trust between police agencies and the communities they serve by providing a means to organizational transformation around specific issues. Collaborative Reform is a long-term strategy that identifies issues within an agency that may affect public trust and then offers recommendations based on a comprehensive agency assessment for how to resolve those issues and enhance the relationship between the police and the community. Agencies selected to participate must demonstrate a commitment to address the recommendations and undertake significant reform efforts. Get more information about Collaborative Reform.

In FY 2014, the COPS Office awarded funding to technical assistance providers to conduct assessments of law enforcement agencies. The FY 2014 grantees were: Police Foundation, Hillard Heintze, Institute for Intergovernmental Research, and the CNA Corporation. Community Resources for Justice was awarded funding to evaluate the collaborative reform process.

Requesting Collaborative Reform: To submit a request for assistance or for more information about Collaborative Reform, please contact the COPS Office Response Center at 800-421-6770 or email us at askCopsRC@usdoj.gov.

Featured Collaborative Reform Partnerships

Collaborative Reform is at work in many police departments around the country. Below you can find more information about the featured police departments, the specific topics under review, and links to available Collaborative Reform reports.

star bullet Baltimore Police Department

The goal of Collaborative Reform for the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) is to review policies, training, and operations as they relate to use of force and interactions with citizens, taking into account national standards, best practices, current/emerging research, and community expectations. The COPS Office seeks to help BPD achieve the following:

  • Institute a community policing strategy to improve community engagement and sustain organizational change at all levels of the department.
  • Improve training as they relate to use of force and interactions with citizens.
  • Improve policies as they relate to use of force and interactions with citizens.
  • Improve the quality and transparency of deadly force investigations from both a criminal and administrative standpoint.
  • Increase communications that builds community relationships and trust with the BPD.

The COPS Office is in the midst of the assessment phase; stay tuned for the initial report.

star bullet Fayetteville Police Department

The goal of Collaborative Reform for the Fayetteville Police Department (FPD) is to review policies, training, and operations as they relate to use of force and interactions with citizens, taking into account national standards, best practices, current/emerging research, and community expectations. The COPS Office seeks to help FPD achieve the following:

  • Improve training and policies as they relate to use of force and interactions with citizens.
  • Improve the quality and transparency of deadly force investigations from both a criminal and administrative standpoint.
  • Improve community engagement at all levels of the department, particularly with communities of color.
  • Improve oversight and monitoring of uses of force, traffic stops, and pedestrian stops conducted by Fayetteville officers.

The COPS Office is in the midst of the assessment phase; stay tuned for the initial report.

star bullet Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department

The COPS Office piloted Collaborative Reform with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) in order to examine policies and practices related to use of force. The COPS Office sought to help LVMPD achieve the following:

  • Reduce the number of officer- involved shootings (OISs).
  • Reduce the number of persons killed as a result of OISs.
  • Change the culture of LVMPD as it relates to deadly force.
  • Enhance officer safety.

Review the Las Vegas Initial Report, Las Vegas Six Month Report and the Las Vegas Final Assessment to find out about LVMPD's progress with Collaborative Reform.

star bullet Philadelphia Police Department

The goal of Collaborative Reform for the Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) is to reform deadly force policies, practices, and related processes in the PPD, taking into account national standards, best practices, current/emerging research, and community expectations. The COPS Office seeks to help PPD achieve the following:

  • Enhance training as it relates to officer and public safety in deadly force situations.
  • Improve the quality and transparency of deadly force investigations from both a criminal and administrative standpoint.
  • Strengthen the use of force review process.
  • Institutionalize organizational learning processes and practices related to deadly force incidents.

Read the Initial Philadelphia Report and stay tuned for upcoming reports.

star bullet Salinas Police Department

The goal of Collaborative Reform for the Salinas Police Department is to improve the responsiveness and accountability to the community by taking into account national standards, best practices, existing research and community expectations. The COPS Office seeks to help SPD achieve the following:

  • Analyze the responsiveness and deployment of resources to maximize their impact on police effectiveness and police/community relations.
  • Examine the agency's use of force policies, practices, training, and related processes.
  • Assess communication between command staff, mid-level supervisors, line officers and external stakeholders.
  • Examine community trust and engagement, particularly with communities of color, at all levels of the department.

The COPS Office is in the midst of the assessment phase; stay tuned for the initial report.

star bullet Spokane Police Department

The goal of Collaborative Reform for the Spokane Police Department (SPD) is to improve departmental use of force processes in the SPD taking into account national standards, best practices, current/emerging research and community expectations. The COPS Office seeks to help SPD achieve the following:

  • Examine departmental use of force policies and procedures in comparison to national best practices and existing research, identify areas for improvement, and provide recommendations.
  • Analyze a sample of use of force investigation files from 2009-2012 and identify trends, strengths, and weaknesses.
  • Examine the role of the ombudsman in use of force investigations in comparison to national best practices and existing research.
  • Improve SPD organizational culture as it relates to use of force to build trust with the community.

Read the Initial Spokane Report and stay tuned for upcoming reports.

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