Professional Development & Training Institutes

Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT): The largest and most sophisticated statewide preparation program for police management in the United States. LEMIT provides training to develop the administrative, analytical, and executive skills of current and future Texas law enforcement officials at no cost to either the participant or his/her agency. LEMIT also houses Incident Command Simulation Training (INCOSIT), a state-of-the-art facility that offers specialized crisis management training to stakeholders from various administrative entities at tribal, local, state, and national levels.

Correctional Management Institute of Texas (CMIT): Delivers professional development training programs to personnel in juvenile and adult institutional and community corrections agencies. CMIT has trained over 85,000 corrections professionals in topics ranging from juvenile detention and sex offender management to leadership ethics and crisis negotiation. CMIT also provides technical assistance to criminal justice agencies and serves as a host to a number of conferences, training initiatives, and meetings of agencies and professional organizations.

Impaired Driving Initiatives (DRE/ ARIDE/ DITEP): Funded through a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), aims to save lives, prevent injuries, and reduce traffic-related health care and other economic costs by training and certifying Texas law enforcement officers as Drug Recognition Experts (DREs). Officers who undergo DRE training become skilled in detecting and identifying persons under the influence of drugs and in identifying the category or categories of drugs causing the impairment.

Texas Regional Center for Policing Innovation (TRCPI): Aims to foster police-community partnerships that can lead to innovative methods of reducing crime and improving neighborhood safety. TRCPI provides training and community-policing materials to criminal justice agencies and community groups throughout the state and also provides technical assistance to a number of organizations, agencies, community groups, and other Regional Centers for Policing Innovation.

Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility (STAFS): A state-of-the-art research and training facility designed to advance academic and technical knowledge in the application of forensic science disciplines to crime scenes and criminal activities. The facility's predominant focus of study is the application of forensic sciences to the human body and the vast amount of evidence that can be gleaned from the careful recognition, collection, and preservation of that evidence. The facility is recognized by the Anatomical Board of Texas as a willed-body donor facility, and accepts human body donations for the purposes of scientific research


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