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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.

Michael Medaris
Senior Policy Advisor
202-616-8937
E-mail: Michael.Medaris@usdoj.gov

Alissa Huntoon
Senior Policy Advisor
202-305-1661
E-mail: alissa.huntoon@usdoj.gov

Compstat: Its Origins, Evolution, and Future in Law Enforcement Agencies, This report from the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) traces the history, evolution, and future of Compstat. It 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.
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Reducing Crime Through Intelligence-Led Policing, (NCJ 238980),Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2012. The case studies in this report validate the fact that implementing Intelligence-Led Policing (ILP) substantially enhanced the ability of these high-performing agencies to achieve success. ILP was implemented in varying degrees within these agencies and was often complemented by other policing practices, such as community policing, problem solving, and CompStat based on robust data collection and analysis.
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Smart Policing Initiative Fact Sheet, (FS 000315), Bureau of Justice Assistance, September 2010. This fact sheet describes the Smart Policing Initiative, which seeks to identify law enforcement tactics and strategies that are effective, efficient, and economical.
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Winston-Salem Intelligent-Led Policing: A Blueprint for Implementing Smart Policing Building Blocks, This resource provides description, processes, and activities undertaken by the Winston-Salem Police Department and the Smart Policing Initiative project team along with documents and other resources that may be used by others to assist in their efforts to implement smart policing.
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Announcement:

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.


Funding:

National Center for Campus Public Safety FY 2013 Competitive Announcement
Application Deadline: 06/27/2013, 11:59 PM
BJA 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 Announcement
Application Deadline: 05/02/2013, 11:59 PM
BJA 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 Announcement
Application Deadline: 02/14/2013, 11:59 PM
BJA is seeking concept papers from state, local, or tribal law enforcement agencies interested in developing innovative, analysis-driven approaches to crime.
Solicitation