Program Performance Report: Smart Policing Initiative (SPI) Grant Program, January-September 2012 [open pdf - 121KB]
"In times of limited law enforcement resources, identifying strategies that address crime problems cost effectively and efficiently becomes particularly important. For this reason, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) established the Smart Policing Initiative (SPI) Grant Program. This program provides financial and technical assistance to police departments to help them identify effective tactics for addressing specific crime problems in data-driven ways. Some key components of SPI include using various data sources when developing their strategies, seeking community input on crime issues and solutions, promoting organizational change in using data-driven strategies, and working with a research partner to implement and evaluate the outcomes of their strategies. SPI grantees often use offender-based or place-based policing strategies to address specific crime issues in their neighborhoods, such as gang violence, drugs, gun violence, robbery, and burglary. SPI grantees work with research partners to conduct in-depth problem analysis, ongoing assessment of strategy implementation, and evaluation of goals and outcomes. Thus, in the Smart Policing Initiative it is common, and expected, for grantees to make strategic, tactical, and programmatic changes based on data analysis and feedback from researchers."
U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance: http://www.bja.gov/