SPI Spotlight Reports

SPI announces the unveiling of a new publication, “Site Spotlights.” These spotlights will highlight the research, methodologies, and outcomes of sites from the perspective of both researchers and police officers.  Periodically, SPI will also compile thematic Spotlight Reports on topics and strategies commonly investigated by SPI teams.

Topical Spotlight Reports

  • Challenges in Implementation and Impact Spotlight: This report highlights three SPI sites that have been less successful in documenting significant crime decreases in their targeted areas with sound research methodologies. The report describes reasons why these SPI sites have struggled, which are varied and include implementation problems, data analysis issues, and leadership turnover.
  • Gun Violence Spotlight: This report highlights strategies and findings from the nine SPI sites that have targeted gun violence as part of their SPI strategies.  The report describes interventions and evidence from these sites and proposes next steps for addressing gun violence at the national level.

Site Spotlight Reports

  • Boston, MA Site Spotlight (Phase I): The Boston team evaluated the impacts of their Safe Street Team (SST) strategy. The SSTs applied problem-oriented, community-policing strategies to identify and address recurring problems in their target areas (disadvantaged, minority neighborhoods).
  • Glendale, AZ Site Spotlight (Phase I): The Glendale team addressed thefts at Circle K™ convenience stores using a problem-solving model. This publication reviews the research methodology employed, policing strategies implemented, research and implementation outcomes, and lessons learned.
  • Kansas City, MO Site Spotlight: The Kansas City team implemented and evaluated a multi-pronged effort to address violent crime through evidence-based strategies. The site investigated the impact of patrol and offender-based strategies, and developed numerous lessons learned for law enforcement leaders and officers.
  • Los Angeles, CA Site Spotlight: The Los Angeles team sought to reduce gun-related violence in specific neighborhoods in the city of Los Angeles, through application of the SARA problem-solving model—Scanning, Analysis, Response, and Assessment.
  • Lowell, MA Site Spotlight: The Lowell team sought to address drug-related property crime through problem-oriented policing and the SARA model: Scanning, Analysis, Response, and Assessment.  The Lowell SPI highlights the importance of accessing non-traditional data to extend the problem analysis process. The Lowell experience also demonstrates the importance of near-real time monitoring of the problem-solving model, with a focus on achieving alignment or fit between identified crime problems and response strategies.
  • New Haven, CT Site Spotlight: The New Haven team sought to address rising violent crime rates and the number of local shooting incidents by increasing the use of data-driven decision making in daily police operations. The SPI project would employ supplementary foot patrols in the most violent neighborhood in the city. The New Haven SPI experience presents several lessons learned for both police managers and line-level officers, discussed in detail in the Spotlight Report.
  • Palm Beach County, FL Program Profile: The Palm Beach County team sought to address a robbery problem, as well as the challenges surrounding policing immigrant communities more generally, through their Smart Policing Initiative (SPI). The PBSO SPI included targeted efforts to increase police legitimacy, to improve residents’ awareness of their victimization risk, and to empower residents to embrace crime prevention in their community.
  • Philadelphia, PA Spotlight Report: The Philadelphia SPI team sought to test the impacts of differential police strategies employed at violent crime hotspots, using a randomized controlled design. They investigated the impact of foot patrol, problem-oriented policing, and offender-focused policing.
  • Phoenix, AZ Spotlight Report: The Phoenix SPI was focused on the implementation of body worn cameras and evaluating both process/implementation measures as well as impacts on the behavior of the public and officer accountability.
  • Reno, Nevada Program ProfileThe foundation of the Reno SPI involves a collaborative partnership between the Reno Police Department, its research partner, and key stakeholders—including non-profit coalitions (e.g., a local substance abuse coalition called Join Together Northern Nevada), pharmacies, physicians, other healthcare professionals, school district personnel, and parents and their children.
  • Shawnee, Kansas Spotlight Report: The Shawnee team aimed to reduce crime and traffic problems using increased police presence and high-visibility traffic enforcement via the Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) model.