Innovations in Community Based Crime Reduction

Papers & Briefs

Choice Neighborhoods are Safe Neighborhoods

This guide examines the work of the Choice Neighborhoods and BCJI grantees in the South End of Springfield, MA.

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Connecting Crime Reduction and Neighborhood Revitalization

This paper discusses how BCJI programs connect public safety efforts with community development activities such as redeveloping housing, neighborhood clean-up, and targeting problematic properties. Short case studies of Milwaukee, Evansville, Dayton, and Philadelphia illustrate the process of research, organizing, planning, and implementation. 

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Dayton FY12 Profile

This profile of Dayton’s 2012 CBCR Planning & Implementation grant outlines a severe opioid addiction problem in the community, which fueled much of the local crime. The CBCR team worked with police and community groups to create a program to reach addicts and help them get treatment, despite many barriers.

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Crime Analysis for Non-Criminal Justice Researchers

This primer gives researchers who have not worked with criminal justice data in the past the basics about police data systems, crime analysis, a glossary of common terms, useful resource links and more.

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Key Ideas for the Research-Practitioner Partnership

This two-page checklist gives insights and recommendations on how to build a strong and effective researcher-practitioner partnership, gleaned from current and past BCJI researchers. Also includes several links for more resources on the topic.

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Police Legitimacy and Legal Cynicism

This primer discusses why police and community building efforts can benefit from measuring community perceptions of police legitimacy and legal cynicism, as well as providing guidance on surveying residents about their opinions on these issues.

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Policing in CBCR

Police alone cannot eradicate community crime and violence and build safety and stability in their place. In fact, police actions can exacerbate tenuous relationships between law enforcement and residents in high-risk neighborhoods. This paper explores how police collaboration with local residents and organizations can build police legitimacy, trust, and the quality of life in high-crime, high-poverty neighborhoods, including short case studies of Battle Creek, Flint, Providence, and Seattle.

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Smart Policing Collaboration Principles

This document offers a series of Collaboration Principes - fundamental guidelines for how local jurisdictions should approach police-community collaboration.  

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Strategic Communications Toolkit

Designed for organizations and coalitions working on a BCJI public safety initiative, this guide provides background, strategies and step-by-step advice on how to build a communications plan, develop your messages, create an appealing story, hold a press conference, run social media and more.

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The BCJI Fiscal Agent

A majority of BCJI sites across the country say that the type of entity chosen to coordinate the project was one of the most important factors in determining programmatic success. This short guide gives insights into the fiscal agent’s roles and responsibilities and how public and non-profit groups can fit into the job.

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Tools for Change: Alcohol Regulation

This feature summarizes research and best practices for ordinances that seek to mitigate the impact on public safety of alcohol outlets and liquor sales in a community.

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Tools for Change: The Chronic Nuisance Ordinance

This tip sheet gives the basics on chronic nuisance ordinances, which require a manager or owner to take a more active role when activities at their property are regularly causing trouble in the community.

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Understanding Crime and Place

Leading researchers in environmental criminology have created a number of different place-based theories and crime prevention techniques. This short primer gives community leaders the basics on how researchers approach this work, short descriptions of a dozen models of place-based initiatives, and a list of leading academic papers on the topic.

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Concept Intro: Collective Efficacy

Did you know that talking with your neighbors or using the local grocery store can make your neighborhood safer?

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Concept Intro: Crime Hot Spots

Did you know that most crime happens on just a handful of blocks, even in neighborhoods people describe as generally unsafe?

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Concept Intro: Revitalization

Did you know that cleaning up a vacant lot,or renovating a home, can make a neighborhood safer?

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Concept Intro: What is Data?

Do you know what data you need to analyze problems in your community 

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Concept Intro: Community Engagement

Engage residents. Involve the community in the decision-making

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Law Enforcement and Behavioral Health Partnerships

Three models for responding to people with mental illness and addiction

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