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Smart Policing: Meeting the Challenge

NCJ Number
JRSA Forum Volume: 29 Issue: 3 Dated: September 2011 Pages: 1-3
Vivian Chu; James R. Coldren, Jr., Ph.D.
Date Published
September 2011
3 pages
This article from the September 2011 issue of the JRSA Forum newsletter discusses the benefits of Smart Policing.
Smart Policing is based on the idea that organizations in both the business and public sectors need to use a variety of management and operational tools in order to stay relevant in today's every changing social, political and economic environments. The Smart Policing Initiative (SPI), developed by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, is based on the concept of applying evidence-based practices to develop targeted strategies and unique solutions to local crime problems. Since the launch of the SPI, over 30 law enforcement agencies have received funding from BJA to incorporate SPI strategies in their current policing practices. The article discusses the process and implementation outcomes at the first 16 sites that received SPI funding. These outcomes included changes to implementation plans based on data and research obtained through the Initiative, expanded research partnerships, and development of unique collaborative partnerships through the implementation of intervention strategies. A table provides an overview of the 16 SPI sites, the crime area targeted by the Initiative, the policing methodology and approach used by the agencies, and the agency's research partner.