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Boston Homicide Clearance Rate Improvement Project

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $499,999)

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 Boston Police Department will develop and evaluate innovative investigative structures and processes to improve the clearance rates of homicide cases. Factors to be considered are whether closer supervision, more structured investigative processes, and focused investigative resources will affect outcomes. A professor from Rutgers University and Harvard University will serve as the research partner, collaborating in the collection and analysis of data. NCA/NCF

Date Created: September 6, 2011