[vc_row][vc_column][trx_title style=”underline”]Objective B2: Data-Driven Policing[/trx_title][vc_tta_pageable no_fill_content_area=”1″ active_section=”1″ pagination_color=”black”][vc_tta_section title=”Section 1″ tab_id=”1571871988885-d5141fd4-dd8c”][vc_column_text]Good data/intelligence is the foundation of successful policing. Research has proven that when police resources are focused on hot spots and high risk offenders based on good data, crimes can be more successfully prevented, interrupted, and solved.28 While strategic deployment of limited resources has become all the more critical given local law enforcement staffing shortages, more fully engaging with proactive policing will undoubtedly require the increase in complements set forth as Objective B1.

Given available resources, law enforcement should allocate a significant portion to enhanced intelligence gathering and analysis. Proactive policing, at its best, uses sophisticated data analysis to understand and anticipate crimes and deploys officers based on that data to prevent, interrupt, and solve crimes. It is the opposite of simply responding to calls for service. Officer deployment should be based on such a proactive policing model.

Memphis and Shelby County have been engaged in data-driven policing for a number of years. Part of OSC-1 was the expansion of this methodology through use of increased resources including upgraded technology and increased personnel with the Memphis Police Department. This approach was very successful and was widely seen as a key contributor to the reduction in crime during the first OSC plan.29 Technology allows the Memphis Police Department “to receive instant information on recent criminal activity in a radius around a crime, existing crime patterns in the neighborhood, and a history of people with arrest records who may frequent the area.”30 The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office also engages data-driven technology through its Data Smart Policing unit, also launched as part of OSC-1. With the advent of ever more advanced technologies a decade since that time, including a recently enhanced Real Time Crime Center, for example, it is time for focused reinvestment of time and resources to proactive policing.

Key Objective Outcome:

  1. Increase enforcement of weapons laws violations and felony drug violations by at least 15% by 2021.

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