SARA Discussion-based Webinar

Monday, September 24, 2012

The Smart Policing Initiative presented a  webinar titled “The Problem-Solving Process (SARA) and SPI.” This webinar was an opportunity for the SPI community to engage in an active discussion of problem solving activities. The centerpiece of the webinar involved presentations from SPI sites (Boston, Glendale, Lowell, and Palm Beach), who described their problem-solving activities to date. These presentations described the problem that the site identified, how it was analyzed, their approach for addressing the problem (person and/or place-based, other tactics or strategies), impact on the problem to date (e.g., results), challenges to success for their SPI, and advice they would give to others.


  • The slide presentation can be viewed here.

  • View the Questions and Answers from the webinar presentation here.

  • Click here to view the webinar in your web browser. This will only work in Internet Explorer.

  • Click here to download a zip file of the recording. 

    Instructions for downloading the webinar recording:

    1) We recommend that you first create a folder on your desktop or computer (not a temporary file) to download the zip file to.

    2) Download the zip file your new folder.

    3) Extract the contents of this zip file your new folder.

    4) To view the recording, open up the folder you created which now has the unzipped files. There will be a series of files, double-click to open the file "play.htm". This will open up a window in your web browser for viewing the webinar.


Contact the SPI sites

For specific question regarding the presentations given by the Lowell, Palm Beach, Glendale, and Boston SPI sites, contact:

Lowell SPI

  • Arthur Ryan - aryanjr@lowellma.gov
  • Brenda Bond - bbond@suffolk.edu

Palm Beach SPI

  • Rolando Silva - SilvaR@pbso.org
  • Debra Ainbinder - DAinbinder@lynn.edu

Glendale SPI

  • Dr. Michael White - mdwhite12@gmail.com

Boston SPI

  • Maria Cheevers - cheeversm.bpd@cityofboston.gov
  • Desiree Dusseault - DusseaultD.bpd@cityofboston.gov

Recommended Reading

In order to maximize learning, we provide recommended reading for participants to undertake before the webinar presentation.  By reading the recommended materials, participants will come to the webinar presentation with a basic understanding of the issues, prepared with questions, and ready to make the most of the learning environment. 

For this webinar on collaboration, we recommended the following materials: