The Center for Rural Development believes that in order to have productive, prosperous communities, we must also have safe and secure communities. Through our Public Safety Focus Area, The Center leads initiatives that are providing critical information, collaboration, and training to law enforcement professionals and first responders across the nation.
The Center is the host agency for the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center’s (NLECTC) Small, Rural, Tribal & Border Regional Center (SRTB-RC). SRTB-RC is an outreach center in the NLECTC system within the National Institute of Justice, a program of the U.S. Department of Justice. SRTB-RC provides responsive solutions, practical benefits, outreach support, and technical assistance to nearly 17,000 small, rural, tribal, and border law enforcement agencies across the nation through innovative, collaborative cooperation. For more information, visit www.srtbrc.org.
The Center also recognizes that proper training is critical for our nation’s first responders. Our effort to provide homeland security training comes in the form of two programs, the Institute for Preventive Strategies (IPS) and the Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC).
The IPS provides a terrorism prevention certificate program through online, highly interactive training designed around the National Strategy for Homeland Security. The RDPC develops and delivers both classroom and online training on numerous key topics targeted at the nation’s rural communities, where resources are often stretched thin.
All IPS and RDPC training is certified by DHS and made available free of charge to first responders nationwide. For more information on IPS, visit www.preventivestrategies.net. For more information on RDPC, visit www.ruraltraining.org.