IACP Will Run DOJ’s Collaborative Reform Initiative

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The International Association of Chiefs of Police was awarded a $7 million grant from the Justice Department’s Community Oriented Policing Services Office (COPS) to provide technical assistance under the Collaborative Reform Initiative, DOJ announced. IACP will partner with seven other law enforcement organizations to create a Collaborative Reform Initiative Technical Assistance Center. Attorney General Jeff Sessions described the move as a “course correction” that ensures that the Collaborative Reform Initiative “will provide technical assistance to law enforcement agencies based on their own needs, not those dictated by the federal government.”

Other organizations involved in the effort are the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Associates, Fraternal Order of Police, International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators, International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training, Major Cities Chiefs Association, National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives, and the National Tactical Officers Association. IACP President Louis Dekmar, police chief in LaGrange, Ga., promised that the effort would be “informed by cutting-edge innovation and promising practices.” Under Sessions, DOJ has said that the reform effort would be provided “by the field, for the field.”

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