The Strategies for Policing Innovation (SPI) initiative is a collaborative effort among the Bureau of Justice Assistance, national training and technical assistance partners, state and local law enforcement agencies, and researchers. It is designed to assist agencies with identifying innovative and evidence-based solutions to effectively and efficiently tackle chronic crime problems in their jurisdictions.SPI is a BJA–sponsored initiative that supports law enforcement agencies in building evidence-based, data-driven law enforcement tactics and strategies that are effective, efficient, and economical. SPI represents a strategic approach that helps police agencies figure out what works in crime prevention and crime reduction initiatives.With the assistance of CNA (BJA's partner in SPI training and technical assistance), SPI sites—law enforcement agencies and research partners—collect and analyze data to devise evidence-based solutions to target serious crime problems, such as street robberies, substance abuse, repeat violent offenders, retaliatory violence, or gun violence. Lessons learned and research-tested practices are then documented l, and these proven policing innovations are shared with police agencies nationwide.Core SPI PracticesFive goals guide SPI: creating sustainable partnerships between law enforcement and researchers; using technology, intelligence, and data in innovative ways; enhancing collaboration within law enforcement agencies, with external agencies, and with the communities these agencies serve; promoting evidence-based practices in law enforcement agencies; and advancing science-based policing practice.
To achieve these goals, SPI sites engage in five key Policing Innovation practices:Strategic Targeting. Successful SPI initiatives require analysis that helps agencies focus on the small percentage of people and places that account for large percentages of crime, victimization, and public harm.Making Better Use of Intelligence and Other Data and Information Systems. SPI helps police agencies build capacity to make more efficient use of data, intelligence, and information resources. SPI sites use data that go beyond calls for service, offenses reported, arrests, and complaints. They also use police intelligence, as well as research data (e.g., offender- or location-based studies), data from external entities (e.g., hospital, school, and social services databases), and data from external justice agencies (e.g., probation and parole) to develop their crime reduction strategies.Performance Measurement and Research Partnerships. A foundational element of SPI is decision making based on what does and does not work in policing. SPI agencies achieve this by partnering with researchers to engage in systematic, rigorous research to expand the knowledge base about effective policing strategies and support decision making about resource allocation.Managing and Sustaining Organizational Change. Successfully sustaining organizational gains and changes that result from new approaches is a challenge for all complex organizations, especially for law enforcement agencies. Thus, SPI sites prepare the organization to adopt more effective practices so that evidence based approaches are sustained through training, revised policies and directives, improved communication, and establishment of interdisciplinary working groups.Outreach and Collaboration. Public education, outreach, and buy-in are critical to both success and sustainment of crime reduction initiatives over the long term. Thus, SPI emphasizes the importance of communication and outreach at all levels of the law enforcement organization and with external government, criminal justice, and community stakeholders. Visit the SPI website to:
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Anticipated FY 2019 Solicitations that Support Law Enforcement
This resource highlights different law enforcement solicitations that are expected to be available from BJA in FY 2019, including opportunities that relate to body-worn cameras, human trafficking investigations, opioids, school safety, and more.
SPI is now Strategies for Policing Innovation! In October 2017, SPI launched a new website, which features information, findings, research, and tools from SPI sites across the nation. We hope interested users find this newly designed website to be a useful resource as they learn about innovative policing strategies.The Innovations Suite Researcher Practitioner Fellows Academy was held in Chicago, IL., on February 27-March 2, 2018. The objectives of the academy included creation of a network of researchers and practitioners actively engaged in partnerships, action research, and use of evidence-based practices.
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See the SPI website, and specifically the Training and Technical Assistance page for information, findings, research, and tools from SPI sites across the nation.
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Strategies for Policing Innovation
The FY 2018 Strategies for Policing Innovation solicitation is now available. Part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Suite of programs, this program assists state, local and tribal jurisdictions in reducing crime and improving the functioning of the criminal justice system, specifically through support for innovative and evidence-based policing practices. Apply by: May 21, 2018.
Webinar: Reducing Crime and Improving Public Trust Through Collective Efficacy
Taking place August 30 at 2 p.m. ET, this BJA Smart Policing Initiative (SPI) webinar will translate collective efficacy theory into practice, providing definitions of collective efficacy and informal social control and how they relate to crime reduction. Learn more and register for this SPI event.
Smart Policing Initiative Solicitation Released
BJA has released the FY 2017 Smart Policing Initiative funding opportunity. This program assists state and local jurisdictions in reducing crime and improving the functioning of the criminal justice system, specifically through support for evidence-based policing. Apply by: January 26, 2017.
Police-Prosecution Partnership Initiative Solicitation Released
BJA is seeking applications for the Police-Prosecution Partnership Initiative. Part of BJA's Smart Suite, this program seeks to build upon analysis-driven, evidence-based crime reduction and response strategies by encouraging state, local, and tribal law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies to partner in an effort to create effective and innovative responses to precipitous increases in crime within their jurisdictions. Applications are due April 19, 2016.
BJA has released the FY 2016 Smart Policing Initiative (SPI) solicitation. Through this program, BJA seeks to build upon analysis-driven, evidence-based policing by encouraging state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to develop effective, economical, and innovative responses to crime within their jurisdictions. Applications are due April 12, 2016.
Funding Available for the Smart Policing Initiative Training and Technical Assistance Program
BJA is seeking applications for the Smart Policing Initiative (SPI) Training and Technical Assistance Program. Through this program, BJA will select one provider to deliver, nationwide, a wide range of training and technical assistance services to agencies participating in SPI. Applications are due April 12, 2016.
SPI Webinar: Evaluation for Practitioners
On February 11, 2015 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. eastern time, BJA and the the Smart Policing Initiative (SPI) will present a webinar titled “Basics of Evaluation for Practitioners,” which will describe the key components of SPI in the context of research and evaluation.
Smart Policing Executives Webinar
BJA's Smart Policing Initiative will present a webinar titled "The Importance of the Chief Executive in Smart Policing" on September 24, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. eastern time. Edward F. Davis, former Boston Police Commissioner, will facilitate this webinar, which will explore the central role that the police chief plays in all facets of Smart Policing; the importance of Smart Policing in furthering organzational learning; and the essential role of researchers in supporting those activities.
EMCVoice Highlights Smart Policing
On Forbes.com, EMCVoice contributed "Data Analysis Helps Police Departments Fight Crime," which highlights BJA's Smart Policing Initiative (SPI). "The next generation of police work is finally tapping into complicated patterns and oft-underutilized data and applying data science in an effort to make high-crime neighborhoods safer," writes author Erin Richey.
View the Problem-Solving Process (SARA) and SPI Webinar
The recent "Problem-Solving Process (SARA) and SPI" webinar, Q&A, and supplemental reading have been posted on the Smart Policing Initiative (SPI) web site. The centerpiece of the webinar involved presentations from SPI sites (Boston, Glendale, Lowell, and Palm Beach), who described their problem-solving activities to date. These presentations described the problem that the site identified, how it was analyzed, their approach for addressing the problem, impact on the problem to date (e.g., results), challenges to success for their SPI, and advice they would give to others.
Register for SPI's Facilitating Organizational Change Webinar
Register for the Smart Policing Initiative's (SPI) webinar "Facilitating Organizational Change: Tools for Introducing and Implementing Change in Today’s Law Enforcement Organization," which will be held July 25, 2013 at 2:00 p.m., eastern time. This webinar will be available on the SPI web site at the above link.
Computer Model Anticipates Crime Hot Spots
A unique collaboration between a University of California, Riverside sociologist and the Indio Police Department (IPD) has produced a computer model that predicts, by census block group, where burglaries are likely to occur. Using the model, IPD has developed interventions to address the problem, and can better anticipate hot spots of criminal activity and deploy officers accordingly. The result is an 8 percent decline in thefts in the first 9 months of 2013. This project was funded with a BJA Smart Policing Initiative grant.
SPI Webinar: Targeting Offenders
Register now for the next Smart Policing Initiative (SPI) webinar, "Enhancing Your SPI Strategy by Targeting High-Rate Offenders," which occurs May 16, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. eastern time.
Smart Policing TTA Solicitation Released
BJA has released the FY 2013 Smart Policing Initiative Training and Technical Assistance Program solicitation. Applications are due May 2, 2013.
Upcoming Webinar on Smart Policing
The "Advanced Collaboration: Sustaining SPI through Effective Communication" webinar will be held March 20 at 1:00-2:30 p.m. eastern time. This webinar will present a framework for developing effective communication strategies that will help police build stronger relationships with critical stakeholders and galvanize public support for their Smart Policing Initiatives.
Smart Policing Solicitation Released
BJA has released the FY 2013 Smart Policing Initiative solicitation. Concept papers are due February 14, 2013.
Strategies for Policing InnovationApplication Deadline: 05/21/2018, 11:59 PMBJA is seeking applications for the Strategies for Policing Innovation Program. This program furthers the Department’s mission by assisting state, local and tribal jurisdictions in reducing crime and improving the functioning of the criminal justice system, specifically through support for innovative and evidence-based policing practices.Solicitation
The Police-Prosecution Partnership Initiative FY 2016 Competitive Grant AnnouncementApplication Deadline: 04/19/2016, 11:59 PMBJA is seeking applications for the Police-Prosecution Partnership Initiative. This program furthers the Department’s mission by assisting state and local jurisdictions in reducing crime and improving the functioning of the criminal justice system.Solicitation
Smart Policing Initiative FY 2016 Competitive Grant AnnouncementApplication Deadline: 04/12/2016, 11:59 PMBJA is seeking applications for the Smart Policing Initiative. This program furthers the Department’s mission by assisting state and local jurisdictions in reducing crime and improving the functioning of the criminal justice system, specifically through support for evidence-based policing.Solicitation
Smart Policing Initiative Training and Technical Assistance Program FY 2016 Competitive Grant AnnouncementApplication Deadline: 04/12/2016, 11:59 PMBJA is seeking applications for the Smart Policing Initiative (SPI) Training and Technical Assistance Program. This program furthers the Department's mission by delivering nationwide training and technical assistance to aid state and local jurisdictions participating in SPI.Solicitation
Smart Policing Initiative FY 2015 Competitive Grant AnnouncementApplication Deadline: 03/09/2015, 11:59 PMThe SPI grant program seeks to build upon analysis-driven, evidence-based policing by encouraging state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to develop effective, economical, and innovative responses to crime within their jurisdictions. Solicitation
National Center for Campus Public Safety FY 2013 Competitive AnnouncementApplication Deadline: 06/27/2013, 11:59 PMBJA is seeking applications for development and operation of a National Center for Campus Public Safety to support the field, foster collaboration, facilitate information sharing, and support policy development, model practices, operations, and research that will enhance the safety of the nation’s institutions of higher education. Solicitation
Smart Policing Initiative Training and Technical Assistance Program FY 2013 Competitive Grant AnnouncementApplication Deadline: 05/02/2013, 11:59 PMBJA is seeking applications for a provider to deliver, nationwide, a wide range of training and technical assistance services to agencies participating in the Smart Policing Initiative.Solicitation
Smart Policing Initiative FY 2013 Competitive Grant AnnouncementApplication Deadline: 02/14/2013, 11:59 PMBJA is seeking concept papers from state, local, or tribal law enforcement agencies interested in developing innovative, analysis-driven approaches to crime. Solicitation
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