SMART Justice Innovation Center

Educating and Promoting Strategic Management, Analytics, Research, and Technologies (SMART)

The national SMART Justice Innovation Center provides analytic-based information relevant to police officers, criminal justice operators, researchers, public officials, and citizens alike. Using the innovative principles and practices of strategic management, analytics, evidence-based research, and enabling technologies (SMART), this center aims to promote the application of science in support of effective and cost-containing policing and other criminal justice operations.
The SMART Justice Innovation Center works on criminal justice issues ranging from smart policing, justice and corrections operations, critical incident analysis, research and planning, and policy formulation. It provides up-to-date analysis, research summaries, trends, and innovations, as well as a forum for interactive and dynamic conversation and collaboration.

Featured News and Resources

Addressing 21st Century Policing Challenges by Improving Analytics
Safety & Security managing director James R. “Chip” Coldren, Jr. and research analyst Vivian Elliott co-authored a piece on analytic capacity in law enforcement agencies for the Fall 2014 New York State Chief’s Chronicle, a publication of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police. The article, available on the Association’s website, describes work CNA Corporation completed as part of the Bureau of Justice Assistance-funded Law Enforcement Organization of Research and Planning Development (LEOPRD) project. (More information about LEOPRD is available on the Smart Justice website here.) The article begins by defining analytics in the context of policing, introduces the motivation for including analytics in police operations and planning, and describes the LEOPRD Analytic Capacity Assessment Tool. The complete article is available in pdf format here.

Criminology 101 Webinar Recording Available
The Smart Policing Initiative (SPI) presented a webinar on "Criminology 101" on September 3, 2014. Dr. Scott Decker, SPI subject matter expert and foundation professor at the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Arizona State University, facilitated this webinar. The past two decades have produced an abundance of “facts” about crime. These facts have been verified in multiple research settings and now can be regarded as solid evidence about crime that can be used to build effective criminal justice and police policy. As principles supported by very strong research evidence, these facts can be used effectively by law enforcement to craft effective interventions. Many of these findings will not be new or surprising to law enforcement. However, they can be acted on and used as the foundation of a response with greater confidence. The use of evidence based strategies is a core principle in Smart Policing. The wide ranging nature of these findings offers multiple opportunities for law enforcement to craft new solutions. This review of Criminology 101 examined ten basic facts about crime and offered insights into how they can be used to reduce crime. A recording of this webinar can be viewed on the SPI website here.

Arming University Police Departments Part 2: Best Practices and Lessons Learned
Denise Rodriguez King, Safety & Security research analyst, authored an article in the February edition of the Campus Safety Magazine. In this article, Ms. Rodriguez King expands on a previously published article titled, "Arming University Police, Part 1: The Impact of Mass Shootings." In Part 2 of this series, she describes best practices and lessons learned related to arming university police. She lays out a six step process for universities considering arming their officers. The article is available online here.