The Innovations in Community Based Crime Reduction (CBCR) Program, (formerly known as the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) Program) is part of BJA's Innovations Suite of Programs. These programs invest in the development of practitioner-researcher partnerships that use data, evidence, and innovation to create strategies and interventions that are effective and economical. For more information about Innovations Programs and related resources, please see: https://www.bja.gov/CRPPE/InnovationsSuite.
Goals, Objectives, and Program Approach
The CBCR program supports data-driven, comprehensive and community-oriented strategies to reduce crime and spur revitalization. Through a broad cross-sector partnership team, including neighborhood residents, CBCR grantees target neighborhoods with hot spots of violent and serious crime and employ data-driven, cross-sector strategies to accomplish this goal.
To achieve CBCR program goals, successful CBCR cross sector teams commit to accomplishing the following objectives (these objectives may vary depending upon the type of CBCR grant award):
- Convene, lead and meaningfully engage a broad cross-sector partnership team that must include law enforcement, other criminal justice partners, neighborhood residents, a local research partner or research team and relevant community stakeholders.
- Target communities with a concentration of chronic hot spots of violent and serious crime and/or opioid related crime.
- Address crime issue(s) that must represent a significant proportion of crime or type of crime within the larger community or jurisdiction.
- Employ a range of data-driven, cross-sector strategies (enforcement, prevention, and intervention) connected with revitalization efforts to reduce crime and violence.
- Establish effective partnerships both to provide solutions and commit resources to sustain what works.
- Work closely with the CBCR TTA provider to implement a comprehensive and coordinated strategy.
- Assess program implementation in collaboration with research partners, and plan for sustainment of effective strategies with private and public state, local, and tribal funding.
The CBCR Program approach centers on four core elements:
Place-based strategy: To better integrate crime control efforts with revitalization strategies
Efforts to reduce crime are rooted in broader revitalization activities in recognition of the inextricable link between housing, education, health, economic development, and public safety. CBCR sites target a specific geographic area within a community with high levels of crime or types of crime in order to most effectively direct resources and to positively influence multiple social disorganization factors, such as concentration of high-risk residents, limited infrastructure, collective efficacy, and neighborhood physical conditions.
Community Oriented: To increase community and resident engagement in shaping and sustaining crime prevention and revitalization efforts
In CBCR, residents and neighbors, alongside law enforcement and criminal justice system partners, are key to keeping communities safe. To catalyze and sustain change, there must be active involvement and leadership of neighborhood residents throughout the process. Understanding residents’ views of neighborhood change is critical. Engaging in community-oriented strategies should be driven by local data and needs, and should address critical issues comprehensively.
- Data and evidence driven: To improve the use of data and research to problem solve and guide program strategy
Every CBCR site is working with a local researcher or research team to conduct a broad examination of crime drivers in hot spots and then consider appropriate evidence-based or innovative strategies to address these drivers. Local researcher-practitioner partnerships can help a community assess program implementation and intended program impacts as well as assess gaps in services, strategies, and partners.
Builds Partnerships: To promote long term collaboration
Developing the capabilities of a cross-sector partnership as well as the community should be a key strategy of organizations pursuing comprehensive revitalization.
Visit the CBCR website for additional information and resources, including: