Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $799,999)
For 15 years, the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA) Smart Policing Initiative (SPI) has been at the forefront of evidence-based law enforcement innovation that impacts crime reduction. From an early evaluation of problem-oriented policing in Boston, Massachusetts, to the first rigorous evaluation of a de-escalation training program in Tempe, Arizona, SPI has instituted a tradition of field-based, data-driven innovation with rigorous evaluations. As the sole training and technical assistance (TTA) provider for SPI since its inception, CNA has supported all 114 SPI initiatives with TTA as sites develop, implement, and evaluate innovative policing strategies.
CNA understands the critical role SPI plays in policing innovation, and we have assembled an expert team to help BJA continue to advance the cutting edge of policing practice. CNA offers a low-risk option that leverages TTA development and execution with SPI sites, reflection on TTA delivery, and a proven Leadership Team.
CNA addresses site needs with: (1) site-specific TTA, and (2) program-wide TTA. This approach leverages experiences delivering national BJA TTA for SPI, the National Public Safety Partnership (PSP), Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), the Body-Worn Camera Policy and Implementation, and Crime Analysis in Residence (CAR) programs. Our approach is timely, cost-effective, scalable, and documents best practices and innovation. This provides BJA a team that is familiar with BJA’s preferred TTA approaches, methods, and expectations for quality. CNA’s TTA support to SPI sites includes:
Site-based support centered on TTA Teams - supplemented with a network of 200+ TTA Consultants. Each Site TTA Team includes subject matter experts with law enforcement executive, operations, or research/evaluation experiences paired with a TTA Analyst to provide comprehensive support to sites.
Site-Specific TTA. CNA’s approach supports sites through major phases of an SPI including: assessment, development, implementation, and sustainability. TTA activities include a site capacity assessment, Action Plan development support, a site-specific TTA plan, meetings and workshops, resources, and virtual events.
Program-Wide TTA. Supporting all SPI sites and the larger justice community will be a series of TTA activities including a dynamic and interactive platform for disseminating SPI practices and successes, collaborating with other programs, and progress and performance reporting.
CNA’s team provides BJA with unmatched expertise working SPI sites. CNA will leverage our current BJA TTA support across the country to maximize our success in continuing to deliver high-quality, and timely TTA to SPI sites.