Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance

Project Purpose/Goal (closed in 2019)

In September 2014, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) selected the National Police Foundation as a provider for Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance (CRI-TA). The purpose of the CRI-TA was to provide support to law enforcement agencies in building community relationships and organizational capacity through sustainable organizational transformation.

Study Method

Understanding that each Collaborative Reform site had specific goals and objectives, the National Police Foundation (NPF) engaged with subject matter experts to address key areas of study identified for the CRI-TA process. The NPF assessment team included law enforcement, community engagement and other specialized subject matter experts who collectively used their knowledge and experience, findings from the data analysis, reviews of policies and procedures, interviews, and observations of agency practices to address gaps and weaknesses.  Based on findings and recommendations, the NPF assessment team, in collaboration with the COPS Office and the client agency, developed a Technical Assistance plan to help the agency implement recommendations and reach goals. The Collaborative Reform assessment and subsequent technical assistance efforts served to enhance and strengthen the relationship between the agency and their community through problem solving, engagement and partnership development, and organizational transformation around the specific issues identified in the CRI-TA process.

Collaborative Reform Jurisdictions

North Charleston Police Department, North Charleston SC: The goal of Collaborative Reform with the North Charleston Police Department was to assist the North Charleston Police Department (NCPD), in concert with the community, in the implementation and sustainment of reforms that improve community-oriented policing practices, transparency, professionalism, accountability, community inclusion, fairness, effectiveness, and public trust, taking into account national standards, best practices, current and emerging research, and community expectations.

St. Louis County Police Department, St. Louis MO:The goal of Collaborative Reform with the St. Louis County Police Department (SLCPD) was to improve the recruitment, selection, and hiring processes to address minority underrepresentation in the department; enhance basic academy and supervisor in-service training with a specific focus on fair and impartial policing, community engagement, and partnership development; strengthen the policies, practices, training, and response for handling protests and mass demonstrations, including de-escalation training; improve the process quality for traffic stops and searches to prohibit racial profiling; reduce use of force and injuries to both officers and citizens; and develop a comprehensive communication strategy for SLCPD personnel and community partners that will serve to increase transparency about SLCPD police practices. For more information, read Collaborative Reform Initiative: An Assessment of the St. Louis County Police Department or visit the COPS Office Collaborative Reform page.

Points of Contact

Jennifer Zeunik
Director of Programs
(202) 833-1460

Blake Norton
Senior Vice President
(202) 833-1460


Community policing; recruitment, selection and hiring; handling mass demonstrations; racial profiling; use of force; citizen complaints; fair and impartial policing; bias-free policing; collaborative reform