Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $637,231)
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 Phoenix Police Department will use their 2015 Smart Policing Initiative award under the body worn camera category to deploy additional BWCs among random patrol officers citywide. The continual data collection and research will determine whether this form of BWC deployment is a more effective and efficient method of deploying BWCs. The goal is to decrease citizen complaints, evaluate the process and outcome of internal investigations for positive resolutions, and improve police/community relationships through transparency, accountability, and legitimacy, which will enhance public and officer safety.