In collaboration with BJA, the Police Foundation and its partners will provide eligible agencies with proactive and on-demand training and technical assistance, including practical guides and checklists, technical briefings and training, and quick reaction assessments as warranted. This assistance is available from law enforcement, investigative and prosecution experts, forensics experts, technologists, and academic experts who can share unique insights into effective and efficient processes and approaches to a variety of criminal investigations.
To request technical assistance, training, or other resources related to investigations and CGICs through this initiative, agency POCs should fill out the Training and Technical Assistance Request Form below. Agency POCs can also send an email to TTA@policefoundation.org or call the Police Foundation at 202-833-1460.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
The NRTAC is a training and technical assistance center, funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, to improve law enforcement investigations at the local level through the development of resources on new tools and methodologies; assessment of current practices and recommendations on innovative investigative policies and practices; assessment of departmental investigatory functions and practices; and issue related recommendations for improvement of investigative practices.
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) provides information, training, assistance, tools, and resources to help grantees and criminal justice agencies, organizations, and programs become more effective in their efforts to keep communities safe. The objectives of BJA’s TTA are to:
- Provide information to grantees and criminal justice professionals to replicate model programs and approaches;
- Increase knowledge and use of best practices, emerging technologies, and new models; and
- Help agencies and jurisdictions identify and address operational and programmatic needs
The NRTAC provides TTA on topic areas such as:
- Crime Gun Intelligence Centers
- Investigation and prosecution of gun crimes
- Gun violence prevention strategies
- Evidence collection, processing and analysis
- Investigative tools and models
- Multidisciplinary collaboration
- Research-based (evidence-based) policing
The NRTAC can provide subject matter experts to conduct training and technical assistance to meet the specific needs of your organization. This includes curriculum development; training; peer to peer networking; review of documents (policies, procedures, reports, etc.); consultation services; and provision of information regarding resources, best practice, model programs, etc. The NRTAC is available to assist in conducting needs assessments; designing, implementing, and evaluating programs; offering strategic support and assistance; facilitating peer-to-peer consulting sessions; and supporting other activities that will enhance your agency’s overall effectiveness through the improvement in investigative policies and practices and response to gun violence.
To request assistance, fill out the Training and Technical Assistance Request form above, or contact the Police Foundation by phone at 202-833-1460 or via email at TTA@policefoundation.org. Please include your contact information and a brief description of your technical assistance or training needs. Agency management must be aware of and concur in writing with the request for assistance.
The following principles guide the delivery of TTA services:
- TTA is based upon an assessment of need.
- The TTA recipient/requestor is the client.
- The TTA recipient/requestor is a willing, active participant.
- A senior management official of the requesting agency has authorized and fully supports the TTA request.
- TTA involves the transfer of knowledge and capabilities, not the transfer of funding or the purchase of equipment or supplies or the payment of staff.
- TTA is a planned, yet flexible activity.
- TTA activities are evaluated to determine their effectiveness.
- Final determination of the TTA to be provided as well as the mode of delivery will be made by BJA to ensure effective use of resources and efficient delivery of services that meet the needs of the criminal justice community.
TTA applications should be submitted as early as possible. Forty-five (45) days before the anticipated service delivery date is recommended to ensure that the Improving Investigations TTA Resource Center has sufficient time to process your request and to allow BJA enough time to review the application and make a final determination.