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Hamilton County Sheriff''s Office Strategies for Policing Innovation Grant Project

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $700,000)

Strategies for Policing Innovation (SPI), Purpose Area 1: Supporting Innovation, 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; 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.

Hamilton County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) will implement a comprehensive approach to addressing these repeat Call-for-Service (CFS)locations that includes directed patrols, problem analysis, environmental changes, and intensive investigations. Specifically, HCSO will develop a process where patrol deputies on directed patrol complete reports in the Records Management System that are sent to the Intelligence Unit for analysis, and that information, along with other crime analysis, will be used to develop a comprehensive understanding of the drivers of the repeat locations. From there, a comprehensive approach including environmental changes, intensive investigations, or other tactics will be tailor-made for each location. HCSO will work with the University of Cincinnati’s Institute of Crime Science (ICS) to implement the project. Over the course of the project, specialized trainings will be delivered to HCSO personnel to develop their analytical capacity for each phase of the project. Finally, ICS will design and execute a randomized control trial using (48 total locations) to assess the overall impact of the project.


Date Created: November 2, 2020