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T3 - Tact, Tactics, and Trust Training and Technical Assistance

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Date Published
December 2019
14 pages
This is the final report on a project named "T3 - Tact, Tactics, and Trust Training and Technical Assistance," which supported direct and indirect training and technical assistance (TTA) under the U.S. Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Assistance's (BJA's) VALOR Officer Safety and Wellness Program, whose goal is to train and assist law enforcement officers in developing and maintaining the physical and mental health needed to promote their safety and effectiveness under the requirements and stresses of their work.
In the T3 project, " Tact" refers to the mastery of interpersonal communication that affirms the rights and dignity of all persons and minimizes unnecessary conflict; "Tactics" refers to the mastery of decision-making in dynamic situations that involve potential risks to life and property; and "Trust" refers to acting with constant attention to integrity, benevolence, competence, and predictability. The T3 project completed 41 training events in 15 states and the District of Columbia. These events provided direct TTA to 1,925 officers who represented 337 law enforcement agencies. Through the project's train-the-trainer program and an innovative digital training system, the project delivered indirect TTA to an additional 9,927 officers. Overall, the T3 program achieved significant advances in the integration of evidence-based training and digital training technology with the VALOR portfolio. This will assist agencies in transforming their paradigm of police training and education that gives priority to officer safety and health in the context of the various scenarios that potentially threaten their health and safety, as well as that of the public.

Date Published: December 1, 2019