The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Smart Policing Initiative (SPI) held its eleventh annual Inaugural Meeting for Phase XII SPI sites from January 27-28, 2021 in virtual format.
This meeting improved and enhanced each SPI site’s understanding of the program’s goals and technical assistance resources. The meeting’s objectives included the further development and dissemination of evidence-based policing practices; the review of each site’s progress toward key milestones and successful evaluation of the project’s outcomes; the identification of important partnership and peer-to-peer exchange opportunities; and the initiation of plans for program sustainability.
The conference was critical to BJA’s mission within the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, and highlighted successful SPI initiatives. This meeting covered:
- Overview of SPI initiatives, including principles and practices, site progress and activities, key expectations regarding research partnerships, research methods and outcomes, lessons learned, data and analysis, sustainability, and collaboration.
- How to be successful, highlighting SPI sites.
- How to sustain these initiatives, highlighting sustainability resources and site practices.
- Discussion and learning of best practices on topics of interest (e.g., violence reduction, multi-agency collaboration, officer safety, crime analysis, community partnerships, and technology).
- Peer-to-peer networking exchange opportunities and roundtable discussions.
- Planning sessions.
2021 SPI National Meeting Keynote: Leveraging an SPI for Organizational Change
2021 SPI National Meeting Plenary Session: Operationalizing SPI Principles into Agency Practice
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