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Technical Operational Evaluation and Demonstration Projects

Jeremy G. Carter, Ph.D.
School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
801 W. Michigan Street, BS 4081
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Email: carterjg@iupui.edu
Phone: 317-274-4170

   Eric Grommon, Ph.D.
School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
801 West Michigan Street, BS 4067
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Email: egrommon@iupui.edu
Phone: 317-278-9481

Eric L. Piza, Ph. D.
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Department of Law and Police Science
899 Tenth Ave., Room 422.14T
New York City, NY 10019
Email: epiza@jjay.cuny.edu 

  

Anthony V. Salvemini, Ph.D.
Performance Criteria, Inc
72 Columbus Avenue
Totowa, NJ 07512
Email: asalvemini@hfeaudit.com

Nancy Merritt, Ph.D.
National Institute of Justice
U.S. Department of Justice
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
Email: nancy.merritt@usdoj.gov

  

Joe Heaps
National Institute of Justice
U.S. Department of Justice
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
Email: joseph.heaps@usdoj.gov

Phil Harris
Engility Corporation
Engineering and Program Management
1300-B Floyd Ave
Rome, NY 13440
Email: philip.harris@engilitycorp.com 

  

Fred Frantz,
Engility Corporation
Engineering and Program Management
1300-B Floyd Avenue
Rome, NY 13440
Email: fred.frantz@engilitycorp.com

Project Description

The project team serves as the research arm of the Technical Operational Evaluation and Demonstration Projects portfolio funded by the National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice. In conjunction with Engility Corporation, this research seeks to inform the operational effectiveness and efficiency, procurement process and further development of emerging technologies within law enforcement and corrections. Technologies being evaluated include wireless mobile broadband for police patrol, location-based monitoring of domestic violent offenders, managed access systems for contraband cell phones in prisons, network channel bonding for enhanced spectrum and wireless programming of public safety portable radios.

Methodologies include administrative data extracts, technology system data, GeoSpatial estimation, original surveys, semi-structured interviews, case studies and scenario-based forecasting. This project is being carried out across the country and current project states include Massachusetts, North Carolina and Mississippi.

Project Objectives

Objective 1: Develop a multi-disciplinary research program to guide future research of technology within criminal justice agencies. This program utilizes expertise from engineers, criminologists and psychologists to assist the creation of appropriate research designs for technology in practice.

Objective 2: Examine the impact of a dedicated 4.9ghz wireless broadband capability on daily police patrol operations. The use of wireless broadband is believed to enhance in-field tasking while improving clearance times of calls for service.

Objective 3: Investigate the efficacy of a managed access system to combat contraband cell phone use in a state penitentiary. Quantify contraband cell phone use by inmates as captured by the technology. Identify operational challenges and lessons learned for improved use.

Objective 4: Assess the potential of emerging over-the-air-programming hardware to enhance portable radio programming for public safety. This technology is believed to increase efficiency across emergency response, event preparation and daily operations and maintenance scenarios.

Objective 5: Evaluate the impact of GPS technologies as a means to supervise offenders of intimate partner violence. The use of geo-fencing is a unique application of GPS technologies that is believed to be beneficial in improving the monitoring of offenders and the notification of victims related to incidents of domestic violence.

Objective 6: Determine the operational impact of channel bonding technology on police operations. This technology is believed to enhance mobile communications and information technologies while in the field.

Objective 7: Provide technical assistance to criminal justice organizations seeking to adopt emerging communications technologies on an as-needed basis and continue to expand the existing portfolio of operational evaluation research projects.

Use and Distribution of Results

Results of these varying technology operational evaluations will be disseminated and utilized across academic and professional outlets. Scientific findings have been, and will continue to be, published in peer-reviewed journals as well as practitioner-oriented outlets when appropriate. Findings have been, and will continue to be, presented at national conferences such at the American Society of Criminology, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials. Results will continue to be provided to practitioners, agencies and governments needing independent evidence of technology applications.

Project Funding

National Institute of Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, grant number 2010-IJ-CX-K023

Related Project Links

Wireless Broadband for Municipal Police: Evaluating Clearance Times of Calls for Service