SANDAG provides research and analysis to support the courts and various police agencies in their efforts to increase the effectiveness and accessibility of their services.
Project Safe Neighborhood (PSN)
SANDAG is the fiscal agent for FY 21 Project Safe Neighborhood (PSN) funding for several California districts. PSN is a federal Department of Justice program that provides an essential source of grant funding for federal, state, local, tribal, and other territorial law enforcement agencies to develop innovative, multi-disciplinary, multi-agency approaches to address violent crime in our communities. For questions regarding PSN projects, please contact Ruben Casillas, SANDAG Research Analyst, at 619.837.6501 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chula Vista SMART Policing
In 2015, California passed Assembly Bill (AB) 953, the Racial and Identity Profiling Act (RIPA), that aimed to prevent racial profiling and disparity. AB 953 required each law enforcement agency that employs peace officers to annually report to the Attorney General with data on all stops. With rising violent crime rates and an increased call for greater policy transparency, the Chula Vista Police Department (CVPD) and SANDAG partnered on a grant request to the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). The grant supports partners in effectively and efficiently tracking required RIPA data, utilizing data to inform areas for improvement, and documenting when desired outcomes were achieved. The primary goals of this three-year project include:
- Utilizing new data sources and technology as part of a SARA (Scan, Analyze, Response, Assess) model to understand who the CVPD stops and interacts with
- Identifying possible disparities and regularly sharing this information with the community
- Addressing risk factors that could contribute to disparity through targeted interventions
- Documenting the effectiveness of interventions and creating a practitioner toolkit for other jurisdictions.