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York Police Department Smart Policing Initiative

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $100,000)

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 York will implement a program that focuses on crime reduction and traffic safety. Data analysis to identify hotspot locations where crimes and traffic collisions are occurring will be completed. This will enable the city police department to use its resources more efficiently. York County Community College will serve as a research partner for the project. The college will assist with the development of effective enforcement strategies through program evaluation.


Date Created: September 6, 2011