Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $300,000)
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 New Haven, through the New Haven Police Department, will institutionalize the use of evidence-based problem solving practices throughout the department, as a means to more efficiently deploy resources to combat crime. The goals will be accomplished through geospatial predictive analysis and threshold analysis to identify frequencies of crime events in the context of environmental factors. The University of New Haven will serve as the research partner, conducting evaluations and providing crime analysis training.