Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $610,000)
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 Henderson, Henderson Police Department (HPD), will utilize Smart Policing Initiative grant funds, in partnership with a research partner, to address the problem of e-fencing within the City of Henderson using the Market Reduction Approach (MRA). The HPD will develop an investigative lead generation tool to assist with identifying and prosecuting criminals who use e-trade to sell stolen property. The data-mining tool will assist with the identification of stolen goods posted on the Web which will result in HPD returning stolen property to its original owner within the City of Henderson. Utilizing this tool will improve the efficiency of identifying stolen goods on websites. The HPD will collaborate with other local jurisdictions and the federal government organizations in southern Nevada. The research partner will assist the HPD by analyzing current reports and records management system data to assess current e-fencing operations in Henderson. The researcher will assist HPD in describing and defining the e-fencing problem; participate in developing a solution; and provide ongoing data collection and analysis, monitoring, and assessment of the solution(s) impact. CA/NCF