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NCJ Number: 250184 Find in a Library
Title: Challenges in Implementation and Impact: Lessons from the Cincinnati, Joliet, and Lansing Smart Policing Initiatives
Author(s): Michael D. White
Corporate Author: CNA Analysis & Solutions
United States of America
Date Published: July 2015
Page Count: 23
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
CNA Analysis & Solutions
Alexandria, VA 22311
Grant Number: 2013-DP-BX-K006
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: Grants and Funding; Program/Project Description; Program/Project Evaluation; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This Smart Policing Initiative (SPI) Spotlight Report reviews the experiences of three SPI sites that implemented evidence-based policing strategies and evaluated those strategies with rigorous research methodologies that showed the SPI model implemented did not achieve the envisioned crime reductions.
Abstract: The three sites are Cincinnati, OH; Joliet, IL; and Lansing, MI. These SPI sites are examined because their rigorous evaluations enable a reliable identification of strategies, practices, and lessons from which other jurisdictions can benefit. All three sites were led by police officials and criminal justice scholars who were knowledgeable about evidence-based practices and researcher/practitioner partnerships. Each site conducted intensive data analysis in examining the underlying conditions and causes of the targeted crime problem (robbery in Cincinnati, drug dealing in Lansing, and gun violence in Joliet). Also, each site implemented a comprehensive, collaborative, data-driven strategy in addressing its crime target. This review of lessons learned from these sites identifies challenges to SPI implementation and impact that were experienced by these sites. They include lapses in continuous, real-time problem analysis; insufficient program dosage; stakeholder limitations; and tension between operational decisionmaking and research design integrity. In Cincinnati, for example, geographic analysis of the robbery problem led the SPI team to increase the size of the original target area, which weakened the intensity of the intervention. In Joliet, probation and parole officers were active participants in the SPI , but restrictions on their authority limited the team’s ability to conduct compliance checks and initiate revocation proceedings. In Lansing, the nature of drug dealing shifted from a traditional turf-based model to mobile transactions coordinated by cell phones. This forced the SPI team to alter its interventions without sufficient analysis and planning. 45 notes
Main Term(s): Police policies and procedures
Index Term(s): BJA Grant-related Documents; BJA Resources; Crime analysis; Evidence-Based Practices; Evidence-Based Programs; Federal programs; Illinois; Michigan; Ohio; Police crime analysis training; Problem-Oriented Policing
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