Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement (ABLE) Project

The Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission has been accepted into the Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement (ABLE) Project, Georgetown University Law Center’s national training and support initiative for U.S. law enforcement agencies committed to building a culture of peer intervention that prevents harm.  By demonstrating agency commitment to transformational reform with support from local community groups and elected leaders, The Commission joins a select group of 30 other law enforcement agencies and statewide and regional training academies chosen to participate in the ABLE Project’s national rollout. To date, hundreds of agencies across the country have expressed interest in participating. 

ABLE training is a project of the Innovative Policing Program (IIP) at Georgetown Law. The IIP is a national hub for launching new and innovative police training programs.

The ABLE Project Train-The-Trainer events have already begun. Training Commission instructors are being certified as ABLE trainers; and over the coming months, all our recruit officers and deputies will begin receiving 8 hours of evidence-based active bystandership training designed not only to prevent harm, but to change the culture of policing.  

To apply, complete Train-The-Trainer application request and include your agencies letters required per ABLE standards.

CJTC does not currently offer the 8-hour training to those that are not recruits in BLEA.

Goals of ABLE

  • Prevent misconduct
  • Avoid police mistakes, and
  • Promote officer health and wellness


For more information regarding the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission’s implementation of ABLE, contact Chris Clark at

For more information on the ABLE Project, contact Tanya Weinberg, Director of Media Relations at Georgetown Law at or 202-577-7827.