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Multifaceted Strategy to Institutionalize Evidence-Based Practices

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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 Lowell will create and implement an extensive training curriculum on evidence-based policing strategies for personnel in the Lowell Police Department. The training will enhance officers' knowledge of the research and data behind the strategies. Staff will also work with a research partner to identify obstacles, processes, and systems that may be modified to better institutionalize evidence-based practices within the department. NCA/NCF

Date Created: September 6, 2011