Training Programs

Training Programs

CRS Law Enforcement

Engaging and Building Partnerships with Muslim Americans is a three-hour, in-person training, led by subject matter experts. It is designed to familiarize law enforcement professionals, government officials, as well as community, civil rights, religious, school, and tribal leaders with customs and cultural aspects of the Muslim American community, including their beliefs, practices, and civil rights-related issues that impact the community. Learning about cultural sensitivities, best practices on how to engage, and better methods of communication can strengthen relationships with the Muslim American communities they serve.


Training Goals

  • Increase public awareness of civil rights-related issues that impact Muslim Americans
  • Enhance understanding of beliefs and religious practices of Muslim Americans to improve communication, mutual respect, and public safety for all community members
  • Provide best practices for collaboration with Muslim American communities to strengthen partnerships and build public trust

Overview of Training Lessons

  • The Importance of Community Awareness

    Community awareness enables interacting with community members in an informed manner. This lesson explains how understanding beliefs and religious practices of a community fosters improved engagement and describes the issues impacting Muslim Americans.

  • Building Awareness and Understanding
    This lesson provides basics of Muslim Americans and their faith and what influences their daily interactions to help avoid misunderstandings and stereotyping, while identifying compatible community engagement practices.
  • Planning Community Engagement
    This lesson identifies community engagement strategies that advance best practices on how to cultivate and further relations with Muslim Americans and highlights the benefits of creating partnerships between law enforcement, public officials, and the Muslim American community.

Engaging and Building Partnerships with Sikh Americans

Engaging and Building Partnerships with Sikh Americans is a three-hour, in-person training, led by subject matter experts. It is designed to familiarize law enforcement professionals, government officials, as well as community, civil rights, religious, school, and tribal leaders with customs and cultural aspects of the Sikh American community, including their beliefs, practices, and civil rights-related issues that impact the community. Learning about cultural sensitivities, best practices on how to engage, and better methods of communication can strengthen relationships with the Sikh American communities they serve.

Training Goals

  • Increase public awareness of civil rights-related issues that impact Sikh Americans
  • Enhance understanding of beliefs and religious practices of Sikh Americans to improve communication, mutual respect, and public safety for all community members
  • Provide best practices for collaboration with Sikh American communities to strengthen partnerships and build public trust

Overview of Training Lessons

  • The Importance of Community Awareness
    Community awareness enables interacting with community members in an informed manner. This lesson explains how understanding beliefs and religious practices of a community fosters improved engagement and describes the issues impacting Sikh Americans.
  • Building Awareness and Understanding
    This lesson provides basics of Sikh Americans and their faith and what influences their daily interactions to help avoid misunderstandings and stereotyping, while identifying compatible community engagement practices.
  • Planning Community Engagement
    This lesson identifies community engagement strategies that advance best practices on how to cultivate and further relations with Sikh Americans and highlights the benefits of creating partnerships between law enforcement, public officials, and the Sikh American community.

Reducing Risk During Public Events: Contingency Planning

Reducing Risk During Public Events: Contingency Planning is an in-person training, led by subject matter experts. It provides best practices and tools to help law enforcement, government officials, event organizers, and community volunteers plan safe public events, such as demonstrations or rallies, and mitigate risks to public safety prior to the start of the events. The training also offers an opportunity to begin developing an appropriate plan to prepare for the event, hold the event, and assess and address potential issues to maintain public safety during the event.

Training Goals

  • Increase knowledge of how to plan for a safe public event
  • Establish the importance of planning for a public event
  • Begin to develop an appropriate plan to prepare for the event, hold the event, and assess potential issues for maintaining public safety during the event

Overview of the Training Lessons

Event Planning Considerations
This lesson examines the various factors, including logistics, permits, and allocation of resources, to consider when planning an event.

  • Key Players
    This lesson focuses on developing an action plan for identifying key players, assigning roles and responsibilities, and providing them with resources and training.
  • Event Stage Planning
    This lesson reviews the five key stages to most public events — pre-event, assembly, march, rally, and disbandment — and discusses the planning and risks associated with each one.
  • Planning for Potential Issues
    This lesson focuses on contingency planning, including coordination between local law enforcement and event organizers.

Event Marshals: Maintaining Safety During Public Events

An Event Marshal is an official member of a public event who works to establish and maintain a safe and successful event by being the primary point of contact with event participants. Event Marshals: Maintaining Public Safety During Events is an in-person training, led by subject matter experts. It provides Event Marshals with best practices and key characteristics of their role and responsibilities in maintaining public safety during community events.

Training Goals

  • Explain the importance of the Event Marshal’s role in maintaining public safety during events
  • Outline the expectations of the Event Marshal’s role before, during, and after events

Overview of the Training Lessons

  • What Is an Event Marshal?
    This lesson describes characteristics of the role of Event Marshals, what they do, and what they do not do.
  • Who are the other key players?
    This lesson identifies the other key players involved with the event, including Marshal Captains and Event Organizers, as well as their respective roles and responsibilities.
  • How do you prepare for the event?
    This lesson raises awareness of the key activities for Event Marshals and the possible risks associated with the pre-event stage of any event.
  • What do you do during the event?
    This lesson focuses on the Event Marshal’s key activities during each stage of an event when it is in progress, which includes the assembly, march, rally, and disbanding stages.
  • How do you maintain public safety?
    This lesson identifies potential issues affecting public safety and provides tips and protocols for communicating with participants and maintaining order during an event.

Law Enforcement and Transgender Community Training

The Law Enforcement and Transgender Community training is an in-person training, led by subject matter experts. It provides law enforcement and government officials with important definitions, recommended language, appropriate conduct, and best practices related to the transgender community. The training also highlights the impacts of hate crimes against transgender persons, and outreach strategies with the transgender community. The knowledge and skills gained through the training are intended to help participants serve the transgender community more effectively by helping to build trust and rapport, increase mutual respect and understanding, properly identify and respond to hate crimes, and develop a network of reliable resources.

Training Goals

  • Share important definitions, recommended language, and appropriate conduct for interacting with the transgender community to increase knowledge and understanding
  • Understand misconceptions which impact the prevention of and response to hate crimes
  • Develop an awareness of best practices, strategies, and resources for successful collaboration with the transgender community

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