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Evidence-Based Policing Training and Technical Assistance Program

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $699,283)

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 CNA Corporation will use their 2009 Smart Policing award to provide training and technical assistance (T&TA). CNA proposes to develop and deliver a national evidence-based law enforcement T&TA program to the 12 Category I agencies and other agencies upon BJA's request. CNA's project reflects the need to both overcome organizational resistance to innovation and teach skills that are required to implement evidence-based programs as part of the Smart Policing: Evidence-based Law Enforcement Initiative. Activities will include development of training curricula with in-person training and web-based distance learning, a web-based community of practice, and support of three two-day T&TA meetings.


The CNA Corporation will support the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Smart Policing Initiative (SPI) by expanding training and technical assistance efforts. Goals will be accomplished through the dissemination of SPI concepts, best practices, and lessons learned; the enhancement of SPI outreach through electronic media; the promotion of on-site visits to address project progress, challenges, and obstacles; and the development of recommendations to strengthen the success and sustainability of the SPI program. CNA will also assist existing BJA SPI grantees with program assessment, performance measurement development and collection, and the creation of reports that capture progress and milestones.


Date Created: September 21, 2009