Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $370,673)
The Technology Innovation for Public Safety (TIPS) Program is funded under the statutory set aside for precipitous increase in crime (42 U.S.C. § 3756(b)(1)) to assist state, local, and tribal jurisdictions in enhancing their information-sharing capacity through the use of innovative technological solutions to effectively address disproportionate and precipitous increases in crime. Funding for this program is available under two categories. Category 1 - Innovative Technology Implementation to Address Precipitous Increases in Crime will enhance strategic information sharing across crime-fighting agencies to address specific local or regional crime problems.
City of Cincinnati will utilize TIPS 2016 funds to address rapidly evolving heroin trafficking epidemic and assess the impact of the use of technology by narcotics traffickers and users, which has negatively affected residential neighborhoods disproportionately and eroded the communitys perception of law enforcement by perpetuating beliefs of reduced response. The proposal includes: 1.Surveys to determine community perceptions pre- and post-proposal 2.Education to increase community engagement and reporting of suspicious activity 3.Identification of pattern-based criminal activity 4.Establishment of the impact of technology on identifying offenders 5.Post-arrest intelligence gathering and information sharing to identify best practices