Current law enforcement training relies heavily on outdated procedures, unproven theories and a system that promotes an “us vs. them” mentality. To improve training overall, achieve lasting reform, and promote communities of peace for citizens and police alike, the Institute for Criminal Justice Training Reform uses a multi-faceted approach .
We rely on strong community engagement and advocacy to help shape our recommendations, including insights from the communities most impacted we recommend changes to and help develop training curricula that is based on scientific and proven processes, and organize consistent and informed pressure on legislatures and Judicial officers to increase state minimum training and higher entry-level education standards.
This 3-dimensional strategy addresses the widespread, systemic nature of the problems that exist and will improve both public and officer safety by reducing incidents that result in injuries and death and the post-traumatic stress they cause for all involved.
We collaborate with communities all over the U.S. that are most impacted by current policies. As people affected by law enforcement policies, we understand that meaningful reform occurs only with balanced and equitable representation in the decision-making process that sculpts policy and training.
We develop scientifically-grounded research with emphases on medical crisis, alternatives to deadly force and the “Use of Force Continuum”, and “Inherent Human Bias” to offer real-world de-escalation techniques and alternatives to “warrior-cop” style training.
When possible we work with federal, state and local governments to advise on legislative actions. These actions are focused on basic law enforcement training standards that prevent citizen and officer death and/or serious injury, reduce civil liability violations and liability costs to taxpayers.