Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $630,539)
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.
This project will support further development of the Strategic Subject List (SSL) software to improve performance (i.e. allow for real-time capabilities, greater differentiation between offender and victim, improved predictability value); And assess the opportunity offered by the SSL and the Custom Notification process to provide an effective law enforcement tool to: reduce crime and violence, especially shootings; improve violent crime case closure rates; increase agency efficiency; and to improve community collaboration and police-community relations.