The Lowell Police Department (LPD) received a $300,000 grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA) Smart Policing Initiative in September 2011. With this funding, the LPD will work to institutionalize the evidence-based policing strategies currently being implemented by the department. According to the BJA, “the Smart Policing Initiative seeks to build upon the concepts of offender-based and place-based policing and broaden the knowledge of effective policing strategies. This grant program seeks to build upon data-driven, evidence-based policing by encouraging state and local law enforcement agencies to develop effective, economical, and innovative responses to precipitous or extraordinary increases in crime, or in a type or types of crime within their jurisdictions.”
With this grant, the LPD will create and implement an extensive training curriculum on evidence-based policing strategies and offer it to LPD personnel to increase their knowledge of the research behind these strategies. Specifically, the LPD will coordinate training for mid-level managers at the rank of Sergeant. Sergeants directly oversee the implementation of evidence-based strategies by patrol officers and report on their progress to Lieutenants and Captains. To further enhance their knowledge, the LPD will also contract with leaders in the field of evidence-based policing to provide advanced training to Sergeants.
The LPD will also use the funding to provide evidence-based training for civilians and will work to incorporate evidence-based policing into mandatory in-service training. The LPD will continue our partnership with Dr. Brenda Bond from Suffolk University on this project. Dr. Bond is currently serving as the research partner on the 2010 Smart Policing Grant, which has enabled the department to utilize evidence-based policing strategies to target drug and drug-related crime in hot spot locations. The department is looking forward to utilizing Dr. Bond’s experience and expertise on this new and exciting initiative.
“As we move forward in an environment of reduced resources and increased demands, it is imperative that we turn to cutting edge practices in policing to meet those challenges. These funds will allow us to move forward with evidence based policing and the efficient use of technology to address the crime issues and quality of life issues that we face in the City of Lowell. By awarding the SMART Policing Grant, the federal government has demonstrated confidence in the Lowell Police Department and backed that confidence up with meaningful support”, said Deputy Superintendent Arthur Ryan Jr.