Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $700,000)
Strategies for Policing Innovation (SPI), Purpose Area 1: Innovative Approaches provides resources to support projects to implement and test innovative approaches to operational challenges and violent crime reduction. SPI grant recipients will develop innovative, data-driven approaches to challenges currently confronting law enforcement agencies. Recipients must: 1) describe the innovative, data-driven approach to be implemented; 2) create an action plan to evaluate the effectiveness of the approach, for which an applicant may engage a research partner to create the plan; 3) identify a specific violent crime problem to address; 4) develop a prevention, mitigation, or response strategy to address the problem; 5) evaluate the project; and 6) assess and report the results to BJA for public availability. The evaluation design must include outcome measures capable of informing a credible assessment of the effectiveness of the strategies.
SPI is part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Suite of Programs, which is focused on reducing violent crime. These initiatives will coordinate proactively with the PSN team in the respective district of the United States Attorneys Office (USAO) to enhance collaboration and strengthen the commitment to reducing violent crime.
The City of Memphis will use award funds to: (1) integrate existing technology with surveillance cameras and LPRs to enhance investigation; (2) respond to violent firearm crime that may otherwise go unreported; (3) collect ballistic evidence; and (4) enter forensic ballistic evidence into NIBIN to assist investigation of violent firearm crimes.