Federal Partners

The IACP works closely with multiple units of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to improve highway safety, reduce crashes, injuries, and deaths on public streets and roadways, foster crime prevention and community policing efforts, and preserve homeland security by encouraging proactive traffic enforcement. For more information on additional DOT projects and funding opportunities from our federal partners please visit their websites below.

Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA)

RITA coordinates the U.S. Department of Transportation's research and education programs and is working to bring advanced technologies to the transportation system.  RITA offers transportation statistics and analysis, and supports national efforts to improve education and training in transportation related fields.

RITA is the research arm of the U.S. Department of Transportation and it provides research on various topics involving transportation.  RITA also addresses key issues important to law enforcement and researchers, including:

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

The FHWA is responsible for ensuring that America's roads and highways continue to be the safest and most technological up-to-date.  Although state, local, and tribal governments own most of the nation's highways, NHTSA provides financial and technical support to them for constructing, improving, and preserving America's highway system.

The mission of the FHWA Office of Safety is to reduce highway fatalities by making our roads safer through a data-driven, systematic approach and addressing the "4Es" of safety: Engineering, Education, Enforcement, and Emergency medical services. Increasing awareness of the need for roadway safety infrastructure improvements is very important. FHWA is striving to provide decision-makers with important information, tools, and resources that will improve the safety performance of roadways.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

NHTSA is dedicated to achieving the highest standards of excellence in motor vehicle and highway safety. NHSTA works daily to help prevent crashes and their attendant costs, both human and financial.  The agency strives to exceed that expectations of its customers through its core values of integrity, service, and leadership.

The Enforcement and Justice Services section of NHTSA is an important partner with law enforcement when it comes to safer driving and reducing accidents.  NHTSA is working to provide leadership in the planning and developing of improved driver education, licensing, enforcement, prosecution, judicial, and post-adjudication on efforts.  Some of the areas include: distracted driving, aggressive driving, and impaired driving.