The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has been invited to join the Smart Policing Initiative (SPI) as an affiliate member.
SPI is a collaborative consortium composed of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), CNA – a nonprofit research organization that operates the Center for Naval Analyses and the Institute for Public Research, and more than thirty law enforcement agencies that are testing solutions to serious crime problems in their jurisdictions.
The goal of SPI is to identify tactics and strategies that are effective, efficient and economical, as measured by reduced crime and higher case closure rates which would be of great benefit to other law enforcement agencies.
BJA requires applicants to enlist a research partner, demonstrate the ability to collect and analyze data, and incorporate realistic and meaningful performance measures to assess the effectiveness of their efforts. The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office partnered with a core group of criminology professors from the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee in 2011 to consult with and assist in evaluating its direction with “Intelligence 2 Action,” the agency’s intelligence led policing model.
“Joining SPI provides us with a national platform to share ideas and research on best practices for modern policing,” said Sheriff Tom Knight. “The world of law enforcement and criminal justice is dynamic with tactics and performance adjusting to societal trends as any social service or business must do.
“The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is committed to being at the leading edge of evidence-based and data-supported initiatives that keep the community safe and secure and working with other agencies and academics with proactive strategies helps us achieve that goal.”
For more information on SPI visit http://www.smartpolicinginitiative.com/.