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NCJ Number: 251058 Find in a Library
Title: Boston, Massachusetts, Strategies for Policing Innovation II - Improving Homicide Clearance Rates: The Value of Analysis to Guide Investments in Investigative Policies and Practices
Author(s): Anthony A. Braga; Desiree Dusseault
Corporate Author: CNA Analysis & Solutions
United States of America
Date Published: July 2017
Page Count: 19
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
CNA Analysis & Solutions
Alexandria, VA 22311
Grant Number: 2016-WY-BX-K001; 2011-DB-BX-0014
Sale Source: Bureau of Justice Assistance
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Description; Program/Project Evaluation; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report discusses the features and benefits of the Boston Police Department’s efforts to improve its homicide clearances under funding from the U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA’s) Smart Policing Initiative (SPI).
Abstract: The first step was a problem analysis that included an investigation of 314 homicide victimizations from 2007 to 2011. A homicide advisory committee was created to identify gaps in homicide investigative processes and conduct research on best practices. The committee decided to draw mostly from the United Kingdom’s model for homicide investigations. Using the results from the problem analysis, in January 2012, the Boston SPI team implemented a multi-pronged response (Boston SPI II) to improve the BPD’s homicide clearances. The response included expanding the homicide unit’s staff 35.7 percent, providing extensive additional training in cutting-edge investigative and forensic science techniques, developing and implementing standardized investigative protocols, and holding monthly peer review sessions to discuss all open homicide investigations. A comprehensive evaluation of the homicide clearance intervention produced several positive findings, including an increase in the BPD’s homicide clearance rate by 10-18 percent, which was statistically significant. This improvement was not observed in the rest of Massachusetts or nationally. 3 figures, 1 table, and 28 notes
Main Term(s): Police policies and procedures
Index Term(s): BJA Grant-related Documents; BJA Resources; Clearance rates; Evidence-Based Practices; Evidence-Based Programs; Homicide; Investigative techniques; Massachusetts; Police effectiveness; Problem-Oriented Policing
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