This awardee has received supplemental funding. This award detail page includes information about both the original award and supplemental awards.
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.
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 addresses 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. This grant program seeks to build upon data-driven, evidence-based policing by encouraging state and local law enforcement agencies to develop effective, economical, and innovative responses to precipitous or extraordinary increases in crime, or in a type or types of crime within their jurisdictions.
The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) will utilize Smart Policing Initiative grant funds, in partnership with a research partner, to expand and institutionalize Operation LASER (Los Angeles Strategic Extraction and Restoration program). LASER was created through LAPD's first SPI award. LASER focuses on chronic hot spot locations and chronic offenders. Operation LASER will be expanded to include nine LAPD divisions. The primary goal of LASER is to reduce violent crime and property crime in specific locations and among specific chronic offenders. Each division participating in LASER will complete the following: 1) Create a Crime Intelligence Detail to collect, analyze, and use data routinely for strategic and tactical purposes; 2) Focus on chronic offenders and chronic locations; 3) Direct patrol officers and special units to work in specific areas every week to prevent and deter crime and criminal behavior; 4) Use technology to assist officers and detectives in identifying chronic offenders, finding license plates and vehicles, and in creating Chronic Offender Bulletins; and 5) Work with the research partner on evaluating the project. The Research Partner will work with the LAPD by evaluating the strategies and tactics utilized in the field in the existing and expanded LAPD divisions. NCA/NCF