Over the past two decades, the United States has faced remarkably low clearance rates (22.3%) for Part One offenses. Low clearance rates exact both severe economic and social penalties on the affected communities, as well as decrease police legitimacy. Little research exists on the link between the efficacy and effectiveness of investigations and crime clearance rates, and while clearance rates must not be examined in isolation from other crime prevention efforts, we should improve them as a nation. With funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the National Police Foundation, in collaboration with the Prosecutors’ Center for Excellence (PCE), and a cadre of subject matter experts (SMEs), provides training and technical assistance to hard-hit neighborhoods and departments interested in improving the quality and equity of investigative outcomes.
The National Resource and Technical Assistance Center for Improving Law Enforcement Investigations (NRTAC) delivers specific technical assistance to eligible departments on a wide range of topics that are directly related to conducting high-quality investigations. This assistance is available free of cost to individuals and departments seeking to improve a broad range of investigations. The NRTAC has provided technical assistance to nineteen sites participating in BJA’s Local Law Enforcement Crime Gun Intelligence Center (CGIC) Integration Initiative, with sixteen of those sites currently active. This initiative encourages local jurisdictions to work with their ATF partners to utilize intelligence, technology, and community engagement to swiftly identify the unlawful use of firearms and effectively prosecute perpetrators engaged in violent crime.
Over the course of the initiative, eligible departments can request TTA via online request form, email, or phone. With BJA approval, the NRTAC will provide site-specific assistance from some of the nation’s most accomplished investigators, prosecutors, researchers, and policy experts who are directly relevant to the investigative process and criminal justice system. All efforts will incorporate crime science findings to focus on the small number of serious, high-risk offenders in neighborhoods (hotspots) suffering precipitous crime increases. TTA will be customized and may involve one or more Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) based upon the nature of the request.
The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) compiled a brief video highlighting the evolution of the National Integrated Ballistics Imaging Network (NIBIN) and Crime Gun Intelligence Centers (CGIC). NIBIN was once a back-end laboratory tool that has transformed into a front-end investigative tool to generate leads. Utilizing NIBIN technology, the CGIC is an interagency collaboration designed to target serial shooters and ultimately disrupt the shooting cycle. To highlight the success of NIBIN and CGIC over the years, OJP interviewed four of the National Police Foundation’s subject matter experts who shared their lessons learned and why this technology is so important to violent crime reduction.
The NRTAC is funded through the Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance. With this funding support, the National Police Foundation and its partners will provide meaningful investigative and CGIC assistance to agencies facing a precipitous crime increase.
Senior Project Manager
National Police Foundation
National Police Foundation
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