National Resource and Technical Assistance Center for Improving Law Enforcement Investigations (NRTAC)

NRTAC is a training and technical assistance (TTA) center designed to improve law enforcement investigations at the local level by developing resources on evidence-based tools and methodologies. All efforts will incorporate crime science findings to focus on the small number of serious, high-risk offenders in neighborhoods (hotspots) suffering precipitous violent crime increases.

Project Overview

Over the past two decades, the United States has faced remarkably low clearance rates (22.3%) for Part One offenses, which negatively impact communities and police alike. To improve the quality and equity of investigative outcomes, the National Police Foundation, in collaboration with the National Criminal Justice Training Center at Fox Valley Technical College (NCJTC/FVTC), the Prosecutors’ Center for Excellence (PCE), and other partners, provides training and technical assistance to the departments of hard-hit neighborhoods under the National Resource and Technical Assistance Center for Improving Law Enforcement Investigations (NRTAC) initiative. NRTAC additionally provides onsite assessments and ongoing technical assistance to multiple Crime Gun Intelligence Center (CGIC) sites participating in the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA) Local Law Enforcement Crime Gun Intelligence Center Integration Initiative. 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.

Methodology

NRTAC is a training and technical assistance (TTA) center designed to improve law enforcement investigations at the local level by developing resources on new tools and methodologies, consistent with the evidence-based emphasis of BJA. Throughout 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 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 based upon the nature of the request.

Results

With the rise in violent crime across the country, now more than ever it is critical to engage a variety of stakeholders in gun crime reduction measures. NRTAC supports the Local Law Enforcement Crime Gun Intelligence Center (CGIC) Integration Initiative by focusing on the immediate collection, management, and analysis of crime gun evidence in real-time, in an effort to identify shooters, disrupt criminal activity, and prevent future violence. CGICs rely on an ongoing collaboration between the ATF, local police department, the local crime laboratory, probation and parole, local police enforcement groups, prosecuting attorneys, U.S. Attorney’s Office, crime analysts, community groups, and academic organizations. Through these collaborative efforts a greater focus and execution is placed on gun crime reduction strategies in cities facing a precipitous increase in violent crime.

With the rise in violent crime across the country, now more than ever it is critical to engage a variety of stakeholders in gun crime reduction measures. NRTAC supports the Local Law Enforcement Crime Gun Intelligence Center Integration Initiative by focusing on the immediate collection, management, and analysis of crime gun evidence in real-time, in an effort to identify shooters, disrupt criminal activity, and prevent future violence. CGICs rely on an ongoing collaboration between the ATF, local police department, the local crime laboratory, probation and parole, local police enforcement groups, prosecuting attorneys, U.S. Attorney’s Office, crime analysts, community groups, and academic organizations. Through these collaborative efforts a greater focus and execution is placed on gun crime reduction strategies in cities facing a precipitous increase in violent crime.

For CGIC grantees, the NRTAC team evaluates each site according to the seven-step CGIC workflow to identify potential gaps in implementation while making recommendations for process improvement. The NRTAC team provides ongoing TTA throughout the course of grant funding to aid the department in implementing the guidance effectively. Lessons learned and best practices from other departments are shared to enhance techniques. The CGIC grantees are also integrated into a community of practice to learn from peers working toward similar goals.

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Project Status: Active

Project Period:  October 2016 - September 2022

Location(s): Houston, TX, Indianapolis, IN, Baltimore, MD, Albuquerque, NM, Baton Rouge, LA, Chattanooga, TN, Columbia, SC, Detroit, MI, Henderson, NC, Little Rock, AR, Memphis, TN, Miami, FL, Myrtle Beach, SC, New Haven, CT, Palm Beach County, FL, San Francisco, CA, Saint Paul, MN, Tampa, FL, Toledo, OH, Tulsa, OK, Wichita, KS, Winston-Salem, NC