March 2022 SPI National Meeting

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Smart Policing Initiative (SPI) held its twelfth annual Inaugural Meeting for Phase XIII SPI sites from March 2-3, 2022 in virtual format. 

This meeting improved and enhanced each site’s understanding of SPI goals, intervention initiatives, and technical assistance resources. The meeting’s objectives included strengthening evidence-based principles and practices; reviewing site progress and activities; discussing key expectations regarding research partnerships and project evaluation; fostering collaboration and peer-to-peer exchanges; supporting best practices including research and analysis; and providing practices and principles for collaboration and program sustainability. 

The conference was critical to BJA’s mission within the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, and highlighted successful SPI sites. 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 related to topics of interest (e.g., Multi-Agency Collaboration, Community-Oriented Policing, Technology)
  • Presentations from SPI sites
  • Peer-to-peer networking exchange opportunities and roundtable discussions
  • Planning sessions