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Recent Updates
Dear SPI Community,
Please check out recent updates from the Smart Policing Initiative:
  1. Upcoming presentations at ACJS
  2. New programmatic websites from BJA
  3. Upcoming SPI Events
  4. Newly added resources featuring information about collaboration, body-worn cameras, and approaches to individuals with mental health issues.
SPI Presentations at ACJS
The Smart Policing Initiative will participate in two sessions at the upcoming 2017 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) Annual Meeting in Kansas City, MO on March 23 and 24, 2017 . The first will be a panel on “New findings from the Smart Policing Initiative”.” This panel will highlight the SPI process implemented in four SPI sites— Milwaukee, Brooklyn Park, Roanoke, and Kansas City, as well as the process and outcome evaluation findings. The second sessions will be a roundtable on “Making Smart Policing Happen: Facing challenges in police agency organizational change.” This roundtable discussion will focus on the research methodologies employed in several Smart Policing sites, the challenges encountered with implementing sound research designs in operational settings, and the ways in which the Smart Policing sites are meeting and overcoming these challenges. For more information go: http://www.smartpolicinginitiative.com/spi-events.
National Resource and Technical Assistance Center for Improving Law Enforcement Investigations (NRTAC) Website Launched
NRTAC is a training and technical assistance center, created in collaboration with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, to improve law enforcement investigations at the local level through the development of resources on new tools and methodologies; assessment of current practices and recommendations on innovative investigative policies and practices; assessment of departmental investigatory functions and practices; and issue related recommendations for improvement of investigative practices. The NRTAC will provide site-specific assistance from some of the nation's most accomplished investigators, prosecutors, researchers, and policy experts who are directly relevant to the investigative process and criminal justice system. All efforts will incorporate crime science findings to focus on the small number of serious, habitual offenders in neighborhoods (hotspots) suffering precipitous crime increases. TTA will be customized, and may involve one or more Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) based upon the nature of the request.
The website is online here:  http://centerforimprovinginvestigations.org/
Crime Gun Intelligence Center (CGIC) Website Launched
CGICs are an interagency collaboration focused on the immediate collection, management, and analysis of crime gun evidence, such as shell casings, in real time, in an effort to identify shooters, disrupt criminal activity, and to prevent future violence. CGICs rely on an ongoing collaboration between the ATF, local police department, the local crime laboratory, probation and parole, local police gang units, prosecuting attorneys, U.S. Attorney's Office, crime analysts, community groups, and academic organizations.  BJA developed this program in partnership with the ATF, modeled after Denver, Colorado's CGIC.  BJA has awarded grants to stand up centers in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and Milwaukee.
The website is online here:  http://crimegunintelcenters.org/
New Resources
Upcoming Events
  • March 23, 2017: SPI ACJS Panel: New Findings from the Smart Policing Initiative
  • March 24, 2017: SPI ACJS Panel: Making Smart Policing Happen
  • April 2017: SPI Findings Webinar (invitations coming soon!)
Bureau of Justice Assistance Smart Policing Initiative