Criminal Justice News

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Lessons Learned on Smart Policing Initiatives

The Bureau of Justice Assistance's Smart Policing Initiative has released a new Topical Spotlight Report: Challenges in Implementation and Impact - Lessons from the Cincinnati, Joliet and Lansing Smart Policing Initiatives. All three sites were led by police officials and criminal justice scholars experienced in evidence-based practices and researcher/practitioner partnerships. Each site engaged in intensive data analysis to examine the underlying conditions and causes of the targeted crime problem. Each site implemented a comprehensive, collaborative data-driven strategy to address their respective crime problems. Despite these ingredients for success, none of the three sites experienced statistically significant crime declines that could be tied to their SPI. However, the initiatives are considered successful because they identify strategies, practices and lessons that other jurisdictions can learn from, and they are evidence-based because of the strong research designs they employed.

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