Combatting Crime with Data   [open pdf - 6MB]

"[...] During the past year, policymakers and criminal justice practitioners at the state, local, and tribal levels faced an increasing number of public safety challenges - from gun violence and human trafficking to sentencing reform and police - community relations. Many of these local leaders turned to the Diagnostic Center for help utilizing data and best practices information to identify and confront the criminal justice challenges facing their communities. The Diagnostic Center helped 27 jurisdictions compile, analyze and use the data at their disposal to understand local trends and to align them with federal and state resources that can be used to ultimately build safer communities. In FY 2014, collaboration was a key theme of the Diagnostic Center's technical assistance. By working closely with 23 federal and non-governmental agencies, the Diagnostic Center was able to increase the number of communities assisted this year by 22 percent. The Diagnostic Center regularly coordinated with the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, Community Relations Service, and Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships to ensure that federal assets were leveraged where they were needed most and local resources were invested wisely. In addition, through its work, the Diagnostic Center underscored the impact of knowledge sharing and published a collection of evidence-based resources. From technical assistance summaries outlining data-driven solutions, to local public safety issues such as coordinated community responses to domestic violence and efficient policing of nuisance crimes, to subsequent lessons learned addressing these and other issues, to literature reviews highlighting body-worn cameras and correctional officer wellness, the Diagnostic Center contributed to the national dialogue on today's most important criminal justice issues."

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