Center for Task Force Training
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Center for Task Force Training (CenTF) Program was created to provide specialized training to law enforcement personnel serving on task forces funded by the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program or by state or local funds. The goal of the CenTF Program is to increase the effectiveness of local, state, and tribal law enforcement task force operations.
CenTF training is directed toward law enforcement commanders and supervisors and focuses on the management of multijurisdictional task force operations. The training promotes integrity and accountability and emphasizes best practices to reduce liability and enhance officer safety and effectiveness in task force operations. Training is designed to help task force leaders make appropriate decisions regarding task force strategic planning, resource allocation, and long-term performance for task forces, all while managing daily investigative priorities and crisis management.
Since its inception in 1991, the CenTF Program has responded to the varying needs of law enforcement through several different training programs. Some of those trainings include the Rave/Club Drugs Awareness Seminar, the Violent Crime Workshop, the Financial Investigation Workshop, and the Experienced Commanders Seminar.
The CenTF Program currently provides the Task Force Commanders and Methamphetamine Investigative Workshops. Continued requests for workshops to better train task force managers and commanders and to curtail, if not eliminate, physical risk to officers, suspects, and innocent citizens underscore the ongoing need for the training, as do the increasing drug problems throughout the United States.
Law enforcement personnel who participate in CenTF training continually rate this program’s training as excellent and the instructors highly knowledgeable. The curricula for the CenTF trainings are designed such that they can be tailored to fit the needs of a specific audience, be it first-time supervisors, commanders, and investigators or seasoned veterans. Training provided through the BJA CenTF Program is delivered by highly experienced subject-matter experts.
In addition, the CenTF Program supports the Center for Task Force Leadership and Integrity (CTFLI), a restricted-access Web site that offers specialized training and resources for law enforcement. This Web-based training addresses the needs of law enforcement practitioners at all levels, including law enforcement executives, task force commanders, and investigators. The training focuses on the organizational and operational concepts of successful task force management; privacy, civil rights, and civil liberties issues related to task force operations; and information and criminal intelligence sharing.