skip navigation

Justinfo Subscribe to Stay Informed

Add your conference to our Justice Events calendar


NCJRS Abstract


Subscribe to Stay Informed
Want to be in the know? JUSTINFO is a biweekly e-newsletter containing information about new publications, events, training, funding opportunities, and Web-based resources available from the NCJRS Federal sponsors. Sign up to get JUSTINFO in your inbox.

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Library collection.
To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the NCJRS Abstracts Database.

How to Obtain Documents
NCJ Number: NCJ 232198     Find in a Library
Title: Memphis Strategic Approaches to Community Safety Initiatives (SACSI) Project: A Case Study
  Document URL: PDF 
Author(s): James R. Coldren, Jr., Ph.D. ; David R. Forde, Ph.D.
Corporate Author: University of Illinois at Chicago
Ctr for Research in Law and Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 10/2010
Page Count: 49
  Annotation: This report presents the findings from the case study research on the Memphis (Tennessee) Strategic Approaches to Community Safety Initiative (SACSI), which involved a collaborative effort among law enforcement, criminal justice, university researchers, community representatives, victims’ advocates, city government, social service agencies, and the schools to heighten awareness of sexual assault and reduce the incidence of victimization among teen girls.
Abstract: The Memphis SACSI team conducted an in-depth assessment of the sexual assault problem prior to developing problem-solving initiatives; examining offense, arrest, and victimization data covering a 5-year period preceding the SACSI project; and studying geographic (crime mapping) patterns as well. In addition, a lengthy collaboration with a variety of Federal, State, and local agencies and organizations was undertaken, both to build the local partnership and explore the sexual assault problem through qualitative research methods. The Memphis SACSI team then developed a three-pronged approach to reducing sexual assaults, incorporating suppression (law enforcement), intervention, and prevention approaches. By the year 2001, several years after the initiative of SACSI in Memphis, and after approximately 2 years of research for this case study, the SACSI program in Memphis continued. Several new programs and initiatives were operating, most notably an enhanced program that links Memphis police officers with sexual assault victims’ advocates when responding to reported sexual assaults. Other efforts included a prevention-oriented school education program, focused interventions with repeat sexual assault offenders, and enhanced crime analysis capabilities based in a significantly improved relationship between local universities and law enforcement agencies in Memphis. By the end of this case study research, major organizational changes had occurred; the operational center moved from the U.S. Attorney’s Office to the local Memphis-Shelby County Crime Commission and became linked with a new Center for Community Criminology at the University of Memphis. 5 tables and 3 figures
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Interagency cooperation ; Crime specific countermeasures ; Sexual assault ; Intergovernmental relations ; Sexual assault victims ; Police sexual assault programs ; University/Criminal Justice Agency Collaboration ; NIJ final report ; Tennessee
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Grant Number: 1999-IJ-CX-K013
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research) ; Case Study
Country: United States of America
Language: English
  To cite this abstract, use the following link:

* A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's web site is provided.