NEW! Analyzing Your Crime Problem WebinarThe School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University hosted a BJA-sponsored webinar titled “Analyzing Your Violent Crime Problem” on September 23, 2015. The webinar was led by Dr. Edmund McGarrell, a professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University and Director of the Michigan Statistical Analysis Center, and Ms. Julie Wartell, an independent advisor on public safety issues relating to crime analysis, problem solving, and justice systems. The webinar focused on the strategic problem solving model and how to effectively identify and analyze problems. Topics included how to specify the problem to prepare for the analysis; what sources and types of data can be used; using the appropriate analytic approaches (people, places, networks, contexts); developing “real-time” products and resources for strategic decision-making; and connecting problems to prevention options. This information is relevant to any practitioner, policymaker, or researcher interested in reducing violent crime and enhancing public safety. Click here to view the webinar.
Smart Policing Initiative (SPI) Grant Program: Program Performance Report: January-June 2013
"Can LAPD anticipate crime with 'predictive policing'?" by Aaron Mendelson, Southern California Public Radio, September 9, 2013.
"Research fuels drop in crime in Philly"This July 24, 2013 article posted by Tom Ferrick on philly.com says the latest statistics show sharp decreases in almost every major offense, led by homicide, which is down 30 percent this year compared to the same period in 2012. Read the full article.
Philadelphia’s Homicides DropAn April 5, 2013, article posted by David Gambacorta on philly.com, “Philadelphia’s homicide tally shows dramatic drop,” discusses the decrease in Philadelphia's homicides, shootings, and violent crimes as compared to the same period last year. Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey credits the Smart Policing strategies that have been developed during the last few years with the help of Temple University criminologist Jerry Ratcliffe and others. Read the full article.
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Smart Policing Initiative Fact Sheet
SPI Sites and Their Target Crime Areas
Smart Policing Initiative (SPI) Grant Program: Program Performance Report: July-December 2011
OverviewThe Smart Policing Initiative (SPI) is a collaborative consortium composed of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, CNA, and 31 local law enforcement agencies that are testing solutions to serious crime problems in their jurisdictions.In FY 2011, SP) provided $4.68 million to 15 agencies to test solutions to chronic crime problems. SPI agencies engage in a deliberative analytical process to define problems, devise solutions, and install metrics to evaluate the result (s) of their intervention(s). The results of their experimentation will be relevant to other law enforcement agencies confronted with similar problems.
The first awards were made in FY 2009. Preliminary findings from FY 2009 sites suggest that:
Go to the SPI site to learn more about this effort, the SPI sites, and upcoming events.
Just Released! Compstat: Its Origins, Evolution, and Future in Law Enforcement Agencies
This report, from BJA and the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), traces how Compstat came into being, how it changed as it spread to hundreds of police agencies, and where it's headed for the future. The report is based on a PERF survey of law enforcement agencies, a national conference in which police executives described their experiences with Compstat, and PERF site visits to police departments across the country.
Police Quarterly Special Issue on Smart Policing
Police Quarterly’s September 2013 issue is dedicated to Smart Policing. Articles include “Introducing Smart Policing: Foundations, Principles, and Practice” by James R. Coldren, Jr., Alissa Huntoon, and Michael Medaris; and “Operation LASER and the Effectiveness of Hotspot Patrol: A Panel Analysis” by Craig D. Uchida and Marc L. Swatt.
Visit the SPI Sites page to learn about the different police agencies involved in SPI efforts. Revisit the page often, as project updates and podcasts will become available as SPI implementation proceeds.
Under a national competitive solicitation, BJA awarded SPI grants to 16 law enforcement agencies throughout the United States. These agencies were selected to create a sampling that is diverse in the size of its agencies and in the type of crime problem or criminogenic circumstances under consideration. BJA required applicants to enlist a research partner, demonstrate the ability to collect and analyze data, and incorporate realistic and meaningful performance measures to assess the effectiveness of their efforts. BJA also awarded a grant to the CNA Corporation to assist SPI agencies in developing and implementing strategies and, based on the availability of funds, provide training and technical assistance to other law enforcement agencies in coordination with BJA. See the SPI site to learn more.
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The SPI Training and Technical Assistance page provides materials and guidance on issues that are common among many jurisdictions implementing Smart Policing across the country. Such materials include webinars, questionnaires, talking points, and guides.
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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.
Matrix Demonstration Project Offers Two New Modules on Crime Analysis
George Mason University's Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy's Matrix Demonstration Project, which is funded by BJA, recently released two new online training modules: "Crime Analysis for Commanders" and "Crime Analysis for Operations." These FREE BJA-funded trainings are an excellent resource for those interested in crime analysis and how it can benefit law enforcement operations.
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.
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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