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Trained Scared


National education and awareness campaign about the fear-based training police receive.

The focus of much law enforcement training is on the preparation for potential threats that are unlikely, unusual, singular, or even anecdotal. Placing so much emphasis on such events puts officers in a constant state of fear.

Join our national campaign to bring education and awareness to the fear-based training police receive and help stop the junk science, tribalism, and militarization which increases the chances that officers will perceive threats where there are none and react in ways that are sometimes tragic.




State Training Analysis & Ranking

Our 50-state campaign will compare the state-level minimum training standards and hiring criteria for police officers and determine what can be improved. 



Bias in Bias


Does Implicit Bias Training for Law Enforcement achieve reduced racial profiling or biased enforcement.

Members of our Training and Standards Team made up of academic professionals, current and former criminal justice members and international law enforcement instructors will evaluate how if implicit bias training is effective, by measuring the outcomes of those officers who have attended training to those who didn’t, among other metrics.

While Implicit Bias seems to logically be effective, we don’t know until we have researched it’s value and determine if further advocacy of its training is appropriate.




Exploring solutions to end the police suicide epidemic

The Institute is seeking basic training solutions to the epidemic of mental health issues among law enforcement that includes suicides, substance abuse, violence and criminality. Including basic training alternatives, we seek solutions to the antiquated MMPI-2 Psychological screening exam that’s currently used. 



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Join our grassroots push to prohibit any police officer being allowed to serve before attending a basic training academy. 

In 37 states police do not have to have to undergo even the most basic training that ought to be required before being allowed to patrol the streets. 

This lack of preparation, and the tragedy it sometimes produces, has to stop.

Additionally, our push will include the use, in nearly every state, of untrained or lightly trained unpaid reserve and auxiliary officers. 


The Institute

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When you donate to The Institute for Criminal Justice Training Reform, you are helping to fund the core operational support we need to conduct our daily work across all our teams consisting of over 100 volunteers.

All donations are sincerely appreciated and treated with great care, transparency, and accountability and are vital in our efforts to achieve meaningful and lasting training reform.


The Institute for Criminal Justice Training Reform is a US nonprofit and operates as a California nonprofit public benefit corporation and is not organized for the private gain of any person. It is organized under the California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law for public purposes.