Reports and Guides

This two page document includes a brief overview of the Smart Policing Initiative, as well as a summary of the key SPI concepts.  It may serve as a useful distribution resource for those jurisdictions hoping to increase awareness about Smart Policing.

This CNA white paper reviews the history of police operations and discusses the next evolution in policing and public safety strategy. Smart policing uses technology, research, and analysis to support the strategic management of police activities. Many jurisdictions are already employing some Smart policing approaches, such as the use of new technologies for more efficient data collection and display, information sharing, and data analysis.

The SPI Collaboration Principles document provides a high-level overview of collaboration principles developed by SPI in cooperation with the BJA Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) program and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). These partners conducted a series of three workshops over the past year examining challenges and successes in police-community collaboration. This document represents the integration of ideas generated at all three workshops in a series of Collaboration Principles – fundamental guidelines for how local jurisdictions (police agencies and communities alike) should approach police-community collaboration.

The Effective Marketing Practices: A Guide for Smart Policing Initiatives provides examples of outreach, explains successful social marketing practices (in the context of Smart Policing), and provides case studies of successful outreach efforts.

This CNA article addresses the need for a new policing paradigm, Smart Policing, for the twenty-first century. The article further articulates why Smart Policing is needed (due to financial realities, the criminal environment, and access to research findings and enabling technologies) and how it can be implemented.