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

Collaborative Reform Model: Six-Month Assessment Report of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD)
This status report is the first of two that CNA Corporation will publish on LVMPD’s progress. The purpose of this status report is to inform all stakeholders (i.e., LVMPD, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Las Vegas community) of LVMPD’s progress to date. This status report is organized optimally for readers of Collaborative Reform Process: A Review of Officer-Involved Shootings in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Chapter 3 of this status report provides a snapshot of key indicators of organizational transformation and cultural change with respect to LVMPD’s use of lethal force. This chapter also measures the prevalence of officer-involved shooting (OIS) incidents against key events over the past two and a half years. Finally, this chapter reviews the outcomes of Use of Force Review Boards since key reforms have been implemented. Chapters 4 through 9 cover the same topic areas as the corresponding chapters in the 2012 report. Each recommendation from each chapter is assessed in the same order they appear in the 2012 report. Evidence supporting the assessments is thoroughly documented in footnotes.

Protecting Officers from Ambush Attacks: Key Insights from Law Enforcement Executives
At the 120th Annual IACP Conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, CNA Corp. and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) held three focus group sessions with senior-level law enforcement practitioners, both active and retired, to gain insight from the field about ambushes. Seventeen officials participated in the sessions, representing a wide spectrum of law enforcement agencies. During the sessions, participants explored a variety of ambush topics, including how law enforcement agencies define, prepare for, protect against, respond to, and recover from ambush attacks. A number of themes emerged from these conversations.

Collaborative Reform in Philadelphia
CNA Corporation has been awarded a grant by the U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office to initiate the Collaborative Reform Model with the Philadelphia Police Department. An interdisciplinary team of researchers and subject matter experts will be conducting an assessment of deadly force policy, training, and investigations. The team will produce a report on their findings, along with recommendations for reform, later this year. The initiative will extend through 2015 as the team monitors and assists in the implementation of reforms, producing two more public reports on the department's progress.

Click here for an article from The Crime Report about the Philadelphia Police Department and the Collaborative Reform Model.