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Los Angeles Smart Policing Project

Award Information

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Awardee County
Los Angeles County
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $499,959)

This program is funded under both the Edward Byrne Memorial Competitive Grant Program (Byrne Competitive Program) and the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program. Authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2009 (Pub. L. 111-8), the Byrne Competitive Program helps local communities improve the capacity of state and local justice systems and provides for national support efforts including training and technical assistance programs strategically targeted to address local needs. The JAG Program (42 U.S.C. 3751(a)) is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions, and JAG funds support all components of the criminal justice system.

The Smart Policing Initiative seeks to build upon the concepts of 'offender-based' and 'place-based' policing and broaden the knowledge of effective policing strategies. The most convincing research demonstrates that 'place-based' or 'hotspot' policing reduces violent crime and neighborhood disorder. This initiative address the need for effective policing that requires a tightly focused, collaborative approach that is measurable, based on sound, detailed analysis and includes policies and procedures for accountability.

The Los Angeles Police Department's Real-time Analysis and Critical Response Division (RACR) will employ the principles of problem-oriented policing by scanning, analyzing, responding, and assessing the problem of gun violence in selected neighborhoods in Los Angeles. They will implement a RACR strategy to reduce crimes by improving the use of analytic tools to address crime. The goal is to improve neighborhood safety by using problem solving methods and new and innovative technology to increase efficiency of police officers and investigators.


Date Created: September 3, 2009