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CJI is working to advance the field of policing by contributing to new research, furthering police reform efforts, and enhancing police management capacity.

We partner with law enforcement agencies to collect and analyze available data, assess department policies and practices, and provide training and technical assistance. Additionally, we work with police departments to align their policies and training curriculum with evidence-based practices as well as to develop strategies to implement systemic changes.

In the past few years, the area of policing and traditional policing strategies including Use of Force and Stop-and-Frisk have come under greater public scrutiny due to a number of recent high profile officer-involved shootings and subsequent community protests. Simultaneously, policing technology continues to change, as departments are finding more efficient ways to track crime, allocate their scarce resources, and monitor the actions of individual officers (e.g. – body cameras). As police departments continue to evolve, they must find ways to collect and analyze available data in order to create policies, strategies, and tactics that both improve public safety and increase community trust.

Examples of our work in this area include:

Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office’s Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance.

CJI is working with the Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) to conduct an evaluation of their Collaborative Reform Initiative – Technical Assistance (CRI-TA). CRI-TA serves as a road map for law enforcement reform by developing long term strategies to address issues including the prevalence of officer-involved shootings or uses of force and to improve trust between police agencies and the communities they serve by providing a means to organizational and cultural change.

In 2017, we published two reports on this work:

The Collaborative Reform Process: Experiences of Selected Sites is an analysis of the Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance.

Assessment of the Collaborative Reform Initiative in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is an assessment of the collaborative reform efforts undertaken by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

Shannon Community Safety Initiative

With funding from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, CJI works as the local action research partner with the City of Fall River’s Community Safety Initiative (CSI). Our work includes chairing the law enforcement subcommittee, gathering and analyzing a variety of data, creating crime maps depicting the location of youth violence, maintaining a suppression list of high impact gang-involved and violent youth, and documenting the impact of the initiative.

Boston Prisoner Reentry Mapping

CJI was contracted by the Bureau of Justice Assistance to provide technical assistance to the City of Boston in response to the unexpected release of inmates from state prison as a result of the Hinton Drug Lab Scandal. CJI worked closely with the city of Boston to prepare for these releases, including analyzing data from the Boston Police Department and the Massachusetts Department of Correction, developing an aggregate profile of the drug lab releases, creating maps depicting where releases were returning to, and facilitating small group meetings with human service agencies.

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