Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $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.
The applicant will create the regions first real-time crime center as an addition to the agencys Criminal Investigations Division, with audio and video capabilities to transmit and display real-time crime data. It will procure and install cloud-based software to extract and streamline various camera feeds across the city into one location within the real-time crime center, and it will establish a sustainable practitioner-researcher partnership to study the citys current crime problem, the agencys approaches, and evaluate the effectiveness of the funded project activities.