Announcement from DoJ COPS Office:
The COPS Office recognizes the challenges law enforcement agencies are facing as they respond to COVID-19 and we continue to fully support your efforts. We know that as first responders, you need rapid assistance and resources as you respond to COVID-19. Through the COPS Office’s premier technical assistance center, the Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance Center (CRI-TAC), we are mobilizing to meet your needs.
CRI-TAC, led by the IACP and nine leading law enforcement stakeholder associations (FOP, FBINAA, IACLEA, IADLEST, MCCA, NOBLE, NAWLEE, NSA, and NTOA), recently launched the COVID-19 Library of Resources. This directory is a searchable library of agency policies, standard operating procedures, fact sheets, press releases, special orders, training documents, and other COVID-19–related materials. This tool will allow law enforcement to share important guidance with one another on issues such as risk mitigation, communication, and officer safety. Please visit the COVID-19 Library of Resources to learn more or find out how you can submit a resource to share.
Additionally, CRI-TAC partners are actively working with the CDC on guidance and information, especially regarding jails. To review the current CDC guidelines on what law enforcement personnel need to know about COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/guidance-law-enforcement.pdf, and to review interim guidelines for correctional and detention facilities, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/correction-detention/guidance-correctional-detention.html.
As resources are developed, they will be added to the COVID-19 Library of Resources. In the meantime, if you have a direct technical assistance need as a result of COVID-19, please reach out to CRI-TAC via https://cops.usdoj.gov/collaborativereform.
CRI-TAC can offer short-term, remote technical assistance for agencies that need expert assistance from others in the field. To learn more about CRI-TAC view our video today: https://cops.usdoj.gov/collaborativereform.