Phoenix Police Deptarment 2015 Smart Policing Initiative Research Partnership

Project: Research project

Description

ASUs Center for Violence Prevention and Community Safety (CVPCS) will serve as the research partner proposed Phoenix Police Smart Policing Initiative project that will expand the deployment and evaluation of the police Body Worn Cameras. The CVPCS has substantial experience in serving as a research partner for such projects. In the past several years it has served as a federally funded research partner for: the Glendale Police Department BJA SMART policing initiative, Arizona and Nevada Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) projects, the Glendale and Scottsdale Police Departments problem-oriented policing initiatives, the Chandler Police Department zero-tolerance project, Phoenix TRUCE (i.e., CeaseFire), and the Mesa Police Departments Gang Intervention Project. The CVPCS has also served as a local evaluator for dozens of police projects. Of importance to the proposed project, CVPCS has evaluated several research projects related to the implementation of law enforcement technology. For example, affiliated faculty and staff have evaluated data sharing systems (Choate & Katz), NIBIN (Katz), and body worn cameras (Katz & Choate). Currently one of our staff (Katz) serves on the BJA Body Worn Camera Expert Panel Technology Program.

ASU and the Phoenix Police Department will work cooperatively on the process for expanding the use of police Body Worn Cameras, with data collection for use in evaluation the impact of BWCs, and with the development and use of an appropriate analysis strategy. ASU will take the lead on the collection of any primary data not currently available within the department, as well as coordinating with the Crime Analysis and Research Unit (CARU) within the department on all research matters. ASU PIs will be responsible for obtaining IRB approval for the research data to be collected. Dr. Katz will serve as the principal investigator of the evaluation. He will be responsible for providing technical assistance to PPD on all camera related policies (departmental and research related), methodological development of the process and impact evaluation, he will take the lead on conducting the impact evaluation, and will assist with analysis and report writing. Dr. Webb will serve as the co-PI and he will assist with the development of project evaluation methodology, and lead efforts related to the process evaluation, and assist with the impact evaluation. David Choate, a TBD graduate student, and a TBD statistician will be responsible for managing ASU-related activities on a daily basis. Additionally, he will conduct all data analysis, take the lead on report writing, and serve as the primary liaison to the PPD.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date10/1/159/30/19

Funding

  • DOJ-OJP: Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA): $220,714.00

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