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NCJ Number: 250186 Find in a Library
Title: Lowell, Massachusetts, Smart Policing Initiative: Reducing Property Crime in Targeted Hot Spots
Author(s): Brenda J. Bond; Lauren Hajjar; Arthur Ryan; Michael D. White
Corporate Author: CNA Analysis & Solutions
United States of America
Date Published: March 2014
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
CNA Analysis & Solutions
Alexandria, VA 22311
Grant Number: 2009-DG-BX-K021
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: Agency Summary|PDF
Agency Summary: 
Type: Program/Project Description; Program/Project Evaluation; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Report (Technical Assistance); Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This Smart Policing Initiative (SPI) Spotlight Report (March 2014) reviews the implementation and impact of the SPI model in the effort to reduce property crime in Lowell, Massachusetts.
Abstract: Sectors of the city targeted for the SPI intervention experienced significant declines in property crime from the pre-intervention period to the intervention period. These declines ranged from 16 to 19 percent; however, targeted hot spots experienced larger drops in certain crime types. Crime data from all targeted hot spots indicate that the SPI-based intervention achieved substantial reductions in drug-related property crime. Crime data analysis conducted as part of the SPI determined that much of the pre-intervention increase in property crime was linked to drug offenders who committed property crimes to support their addictions. Lowell’s SPI team addressed drug-related property crime through problem-oriented policing and the SARA model (Scanning, Analysis, Response, and Assessment). A Steering Committee composed of department staff and researchers experienced in advanced problemsolving guided this effort in order to avoid some of the traditional problems with SARA implementation. As part of the data analysis, the SPI team collaborated with the city’s Health Department in examining the background and history of all individuals who died from a drug overdose from 2005 through 2008. Results confirmed the strong link between drug use and property crime. The SPI team identified 12 property crime hot spots across three sectors, most of which were near known drug markets. Police captains in each of the three sectorss developed response plans that were discussed, modified, and monitored at the bi-weekly meeting of the Steering Committee. The Lowell SPI highlights the importance of accessing non-traditional data in extending the problem analysis process. It also shows the importance of near real-time monitoring of the problemsolving model.
Main Term(s): Police effectiveness
Index Term(s): BJA Grant-related Documents; BJA Resources; Crime analysis; Crime specific countermeasures; Drug Related Crime; Evidence-Based Practices; Evidence-Based Programs; Federal programs; Massachusetts; Police crime analysis training; Problem-Oriented Policing; Property crime causes; Property crimes
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