Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $699,990)
Strategies for Policing Innovation, Purpose Area 2: Responding to Precipitous Increase in Crime, provides resources to fund projects that implement technology-driven justice information-sharing solutions at the state, local, territorial, and tribal levels that result in significant cost and time savings and enhance criminal justice policies and practices that promote public safety and reduce crime.
Recipients must: 1) identify a crime that has precipitously increased within the jurisdiction; 2) identify the period of time during which the crime or relevant category of crime increased and provide evidence substantiating the claimed increase; 3) describe the law enforcement and/or justice information-sharing solution or technology to be implemented that will address the identified crime increase and drive its reduction; 4) describe how they will determine the effectiveness of the information-sharing solution; 5) describe how they will develop a comprehensive implementation strategy to reduce and prevent the identified crime(s); and 6) describe how they will assess and report the results to BJA, which will make the results publicly available.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to focus on law enforcement and/or justice information-sharing or applied technology initiatives that will provide information likely to be of benefit to other law enforcement agencies in the United States.
The project's objective is to use automated license plate reader (ALPR) technology to detect stolen vehicles as they enter and exit the city, and to share collected data with neighboring jurisdictions that have experienced a cycle of back-and-forth retaliatory gang violence. The applicant proposes to install stationary ALPRs on all lanes of eight roadways that enter and exit Atlantic City, and share ALPR data from this proposed project with public safety agencies throughout New Jersey via InfoShare and through the ACHILES Center located at the Atlantic City Police Department headquarters in Atlantic City.