Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance (CRI-TA) funds are used to provide technical assistance to law enforcement agencies on a wide variety of criminal justice issues—from use-of-force practices, to the deployment of crisis intervention teams, to building trust with the community. CRI-TA is a means to organizational transformation through an analysis of policies, practices, training, tactics, and accountability methods around a specific issue such as excessive use of force, officer involved shootings, or ethical decision making. It is not a short-term solution for a serious deficiency, but a long term strategy that first identifies issues within an agency that may affect public trust, and then offers recommendations on how to resolve those issues and enhance the relationship between the police and the community.
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