Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $299,668)
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 City of Cambridge will prevent cross jurisdictional violent crime. The grant funded initiative will involve a partnership between the City of Cambridge, the City of Everett, and the City of Somerville. Data and analytic standards will be established to provide a streamlined information sharing process centering on gangs, habitual violent offenders, and basic crime data. Through this information, databases of offenders and known associates will be created in an attempt to predict and prevent retaliatory inter-gang violence. Justice and Security Strategies, Inc. will serve as a research partner, providing guidance on predictive policing methodologies and analysis of data collected. NCA/NCF