OverviewThe Innovations in Community Based Crime Reduction (CBCR) Program, (formerly known as the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) Program) is part of BJA's Innovations Suite of Programs. These programs invest in the development of practitioner-researcher partnerships that use data, evidence, and innovation to create strategies and interventions that are effective and economical. For more information about Innovations Programs and related resources, please see: https://www.bja.gov/CRPPE/InnovationsSuite.
Goals, Objectives, and Program ApproachThe CBCR program supports data-driven, comprehensive and community-oriented strategies to reduce crime and spur revitalization. Through a broad cross-sector partnership team, including neighborhood residents, CBCR grantees target neighborhoods with hot spots of violent and serious crime and employ data-driven, cross-sector strategies to accomplish this goal.To achieve CBCR program goals, successful CBCR cross sector teams commit to accomplishing the following objectives (these objectives may vary depending upon the type of CBCR grant award):
The CBCR Program approach centers on four core elements:
Place-based strategy: To better integrate crime control efforts with revitalization strategies Efforts to reduce crime are rooted in broader revitalization activities in recognition of the inextricable link between housing, education, health, economic development, and public safety. CBCR sites target a specific geographic area within a community with high levels of crime or types of crime in order to most effectively direct resources and to positively influence multiple social disorganization factors, such as concentration of high-risk residents, limited infrastructure, collective efficacy, and neighborhood physical conditions.
Community Oriented: To increase community and resident engagement in shaping and sustaining crime prevention and revitalization efforts In CBCR, residents and neighbors, alongside law enforcement and criminal justice system partners, are key to keeping communities safe. To catalyze and sustain change, there must be active involvement and leadership of neighborhood residents throughout the process. Understanding residents’ views of neighborhood change is critical. Engaging in community-oriented strategies should be driven by local data and needs, and should address critical issues comprehensively.
Builds Partnerships: To promote long term collaboration Developing the capabilities of a cross-sector partnership as well as the community should be a key strategy of organizations pursuing comprehensive revitalization.
Visit the CBCR website for additional information and resources, including:
Funding Webinars – Participate and Access Materials
To assist potential applicants interested in applying for FY 2019 funding opportunities, BJA has hosted several solicitation-specific webinars as well as Grant Applicant Education Series webinars. Visit the BJA Funding Webinars page to learn about upcoming webinars and to access presentation files for and YouTube links to watch previously held webinars.
For more information on the latest news, resources, events, and activities related to CBCR, visit: http://www.lisc.org/our-initiatives/safe-neighborhoods/cbcr/.
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To ensure effectiveness, CBCR grantees work closely with BJA and BJA's competitively selected training and technical assistance partner (currently the Local Initiatives Support Corporation) to participate in information sharing sessions, facilitate peer-to-peer exchanges of information, and administer subject matter expertise that is relevant to CBCR neighborhood efforts.
LISC will assist with an analysis of the crime in each community, engage residents and provide ongoing support to ensure the sites effectively use data, research and innovation to develop a comprehensive crime strategy.
For more information and to view the wide range of TTA resources available (tools and templates, newsletters, papers, briefs, presentations, videos, webinars and other resources, visit the CBCR website.
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For more information on the latest news, resources, events, and activities related to CBCR, visit the CBCR website.
Innovations in Community-Based Crime Reduction Program
BJA is seeking applications for the FY 2018 Innovations in Community-Based Crime Reduction Program (CBCR) (formerly the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation program). Part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods suite of programs, CBCR leads efforts to enhance the capacity of local and tribal communities to effectively target and address significant and violent crime issues in distressed, high-crime neighborhoods through collaborative cross-sector approaches that are linked with broader neighborhood development goals. Apply by: April 30, 2018.
Innovations in Community-Based Crime Reduction TTA Program
Through the FY 2018 Innovations in Community-Based Crime Reduction Training and Technical Assistance Program opportunity, BJA is seeking applications to provide national training and technical assistance to local and tribal partners to plan and implement place-based, community-oriented strategies to address persistent and high crime neighborhood issues. Apply by: April 30, 2018.
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