Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $496,012)
Strategies for Policing Innovation, Purpose Area 2: Precipitous Increase in Crime, provides resources to support projects that are experiencing precipitous increases in crime or in a type or types of crime within their jurisdictions, and propose to implement and test applied justice information-sharing technology designed to respond to these crime increases and to improve criminal justice data exchange. Recipients must: (1) identify and promote technology solutions that target preventing, investigating, prosecuting, and responding to precipitous increases in specific crime(s); (2) leverage new and existing partnerships to include other criminal justice entities, community organizations, and private or public providers, to enhance the applicants ability to respond to these specific crimes within their jurisdiction; (3) develop policies and practices around the use of the technology solution that promote decision making with the intent to reduce the precipitous increase of the identified specific crime(s); and (4) apply the information-sharing or other technology solution(s) at all levels of the organization and in a manner that supports operational effectiveness and efficiency.
Recipients must clearly identify how the funding will directly address a precipitous or extraordinary increase in crime(s) or a type or types of crime in the jurisdiction. Specifically, they must: identify a crime that has precipitously increased within the jurisdiction; identify the period of time during which the crime or relevant category of crime increased and provide evidence substantiating the claimed increase.
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.
This project will prevent and decrease the number of property crimes including burglary, theft, and motor vehicle theft, noting that the City of Anniston has a 2017 violent crime index of 3,434 per 100,000. The Department will purchase and activate 3 mobile speed trailers with tag readers, 3 mobile camera nests that can be transferred as needed to targeted locations, 9 fixed camera systems with power hook-up to place at known hot spots, 15 air cards for operation of systems, a computer work station, dummy cameras, and annual software upgrades. Innovation includes the creation a mural project whereby walls of prominent buildings are painted with various designs incorporating eye imagery that will involve local graffiti and tag artists in the creation of the murals deter vandalism.