National Partnership for Reinventing Government
July 19, 1999 Vol. 5, No. 4
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* Gore and Reno Announce Report on High-Tech Crime Reduction
* Network Calls for Expressions of Interest in SafeCities Performance
* Hammer Award Applications Due July 31
* Sponsor Says Conference Was a Success
Gore and Reno Announce Report on High-Tech Crime Reduction
Vice President Al Gore and Attorney General Janet Reno released a report on
July 12 on how the federal government can help communities and police
departments use information-age tools to reduce and prevent crime. "Mapping
Out Crime," an electronic publication, can be found at:
"Crime mapping and other information-age tools are changing the face of law
enforcement in the United States," Vice President Gore said. "The
recommendations in this report will put better tools in the hands of police
departments and better information in the hands of communities."
"Crime Mapping technologies are a wonderful tool to help law enforcement
agencies get one step ahead of the criminals and help prevent crimes before
they are committed," said Attorney General Janet Reno.
The report was prepared by a task force co-chaired by Associate Attorney
General Raymond C. Fisher and Morley Winograd, Director of the National
Partnership for Reinventing Government. The report describes practical
examples of how police departments are using crime mapping, and sets forth a
vision of how this technology will help change the face of law enforcement
in the next century.
What the Report Recommends
The report recommends a number of steps to make crime mapping software,
training and technical support more widely available to police departments.
It urges the Congress to increase funding for information technology by
appropriating funds for the 21st Century Policing Initiative. The report
also encourages investment in basic information that will help communities
better protect public safety in the next century.
"Mapping Out Crime" also calls on federal law enforcement agencies to make
greater use of these tools in national efforts to reduce gun violence, fight
against drugs, and other priority areas.
Justice Will Make Electronic Tools Available
The Department of Justice also announced that it will make several crime
mapping tools available at no cost to law enforcement agencies, including
the following resources:
For more information, contact Pamela Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Crime analysis tools that will support police departments which are
seeking to make use of crime data, map "hot spots," and generate maps;
- An Electronic Community Policing Beat Book that will let front-line
officers generate and personalize maps on laptops in their squad cars,
mapping such information as the names and locations of businesses,
neighborhood associations, and resources on their beats; and
- QuickMap, a tool that will generate maps for police officers, detectives,
and managers, part of a Regional Crime analysis Geographic Information
System that will help police departments share information and solve
Network Calls for Expressions of Interest in SafeCities Performance
The SafeCities Network announces the formation of performance partnerships
between the federal government and community-based partnerships to reduce
gun violence. This initiative is not a grant program. The Network will
connect communities and law enforcement agencies with peers working on
similar issues. The head of a community-based partnership, local government,
network of local governments, state or local law enforcement agency, or
network of state or local law enforcement agencies may submit a brief
statement of interest in joining this Network.
NPR must receive Expressions of Interest by close of business on August 15.
For more information, visit http://www.npr.gov/library/announc/rfp.html or call Jeff Slowikowski, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
Prevention, (202) 307-5929.
Hammer Award Applications Due July 31
Nominations for the next cycle of Hammer Awards are due at NPR by July 31.
NPR receives nominations continuously, but reviews the submissions on a
quarterly cycle. Check with your agency or Federal Executive Board about any
internal deadlines in the Hammer Award process.
Hammer Awards are Vice President Gore's recognition of teams of federal
employees and their partners who have made significant contributions to
reinventing government. For more information, visit
http://www.npr.gov/library/awards/hammer/ or contact Sandra Eubanks Brown at
(202) 694-0040 or email@example.com
Sponsor Says Conference Was a Success
The Excellence in Government '99 conference was a huge success, according to
Timothy B. Clark, Editor and President, Government Executive magazine. "My
thanks go to all of you for sharing your enthusiasm, your provocative ideas
and your commitment to better government." Reinventors can visit the
website, http://www.excelgov.com, to see the Electronic Town Hall Wall and
continue the online discussion. Several of the speakers' slide presentations
will be posted. Save July 11-13, 2000 for Excellence in Government 2000.
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