What We Do Is Expensive
While we try to provide the majority of our services for free we do incur annual operating costs to keep the organization thriving. We leverage open access services wherever we can but our annual budget of about $20,000 per year is mostly covered by the financial contributions from TAPSTI’s founders, some general donations, and the occasional consultation with nonprofits and for-profits on collaborative projects. We are completely staffed by volunteers and are a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Our entire organization is a collection of SOHO locations which we join together through a web-based virtual private network that serves as a proxy for a brick and mortar location. No one at TAPSTI has a salary or is remunerated in any way. No one is paid even a small stipend to help offset personal expenses so that all funds received are reinvested back into TAPSTI into its technical infrastructure, training development, training programs, research, administrative costs, association fees, and licensing. We need your donations and your help.
Short Term Objectives
Our short-term goal is to develop a sustainable business model whereby we can employ 6 full-time staff and expand our training offerings. Initially we will focus on professional development and research. In addition to development of the back-end infrastructure necessary to support these services, TAPSTI will also be focusing on becoming accredited with various development organizations and certification bodies in increasing order of complexity as the organization expands.
Immediate Goals (3-6 Months):
- Completion of the National Forensic Screening Certification Program – TAPSTI has developed the nation’s first forensic screening certification program and is currently developing the back-end infrastructure to deliver that training online and in a hybrid approach. This program will be offered through the Drug Testing Academy.
- Completion and delivery of an online Probation Officer Training Program – The hallmark of this program is that it will be customizable to the individual judge the Probation Officers serve so we reduce errors, improve court services, and reduce defendant noncompliance. We realize this may meet the complete needs for Private Probation Officer training but can only serve as preparatory training for public agency Probation Officers due to firearms and defensive tactics subject areas. This program will be offered through the Probation & Parole Academy.
- Completion and delivery of an Online Instructor Training Program – This program establishes the TAPSTI online and onsite cadre training program with instructors earning ranks based on performance, longevity, and training. This program will be offered through TAPSTI Management Training.
- Continued Infrastructure Development – We still have a lot of work to do including major upgrades to our infrastructure to support the sustainable management of student records, transcripts, privacy, and information security.
- Increased and Credible Independent Verification – TAPSTI is vetting our learning model through the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA). Our research focuses on the efficacy of developing a fully online outcomes-based professional development and continuing education program giving special consideration to practices and theories that are appropriate to adult learners. This internal study is expected to begin in early 2017.
Intermediate Goals (6-12 Months)
- Completion and delivery of an online Domestic Violence Certification Program – This program has been designed and is currently being written as a collaborative venture between students, counseling professionals, probation, and police staff in order to reduce the revictimization of those who are abused and to improve the management of those abusers as they are held accountable for their behavior and need to change. This program will be offered through the Care & Treatment Academy.
- Completion and delivery of an online Human Trafficking Certification Program – This program has been designed and is currently being written from a law enforcement perspective to better acquaint non-security staff with enforcement challenges and scope of problem backgrounds to improve efficiencies between those disparate career field involved in human trafficking reduction efforts. This program will be offered through the Care & Treatment Academy.
- Completion and delivery of an online Anger Management Certification Program – This program has been designed and is currently being written as a collaborative venture between students, counseling professionals, probation, and police staff in order to explain the differences between Anger Management and Domestic Violence to improve the management of those who have Anger Management issues as they are held accountable for their behavior and need to change. This program will be offered through the Care & Treatment Academy.
- Completion and delivery of a Juvenile Crime Certification Program – This program has been designed and is currently being written as a collaborative venture between students and counseling professionals in order to help uniformed personnel better understand LifeCourse Theory and take decisions regarding juveniles into account when processing and providing guidance. This program will be offered through the Probation & Parole Academy.
Long Term Objectives
Long-Term Immediate Goals (12-18 Months):
- ANSI/IACET 1-2013 certification – There are multiple organizations accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) for organizations like TAPSTI involved with professional education. There are also certification standards published by international standard development organizations under ANSI, ISO, and CEN. Certification for TAPSTI in a specific standard will be for professional development and not for academic accreditation but will help ensure quality standards for training, management, and best practices. The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) is the standards development organization accredited by ANSI to manage the ANSI/IACET 1-2013 certification standard. IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are recognized by a wide range of organizations as the official standard for continuing education and training (CE/T) in the United States. IACET CEUs are transferable with the determination for transferability being left to each organization. Reference the IACET CEU Directory and/or contact those organizations directly for more information about CEUs and any restrictions or limitations on transferability. The ANSI/IACET 1-2013 certification is an ideal target for TAPSTI because it will facilitate our developing the necessary quality controls to extend into other certification and accreditation standards as the organization grows. The cost of the IACET application package is $450 USD. When TAPSTI applies we will also have to submit a non-refundable application fee of $3,250 USD. This fee covers administrative costs, expenses related to the site visit, etc. and even after accreditation, we will incur a yearly accreditation fee expense of $835 USD to stay current.
- Full multiple Academy support – TAPSTI is organized around a concept of multiple “Academies” including Care & Treatment, Corrections, Drug Testing, Probation, Law Enforcement, and Protective Services. The Probation & Parole Academy is scheduled to become active the latter part of 2016, Drug Testing Academy early 2017, Care and Treatment Academy early 2017, Corrections Academy mid-2017, Law Enforcement Academy late 2017, and Protective Services Academy 2018.
- TAPSTI is planning to raise the needed seed capital to continue expansion through a combination of unique certification programs, crowdsourcing, and training contracts. Our initial requirements are to raise $20,000 to complete the projects noted above in 2017. Our longer range goal is to raise an additional $2 million which will be spent on job creation, infrastructure improvements, training development, marketing, and research. It is our intention to be fully sustainable by 2020. We are only a fledgling start-up at this point which is struggling to penetrate a training market filled with non-pedagogical training organizations partially or fully funded by federal dollars. We are the only organization we know of trying to advance a 21st century vision of public safety as national peacekeepers, ensuring the safety of Americans through educating them collaboratively in conjunction with subject matter experts across the spectrum of public safety.