In 2017, the Buffalo Police Department wanted to know if their efforts to reduce gun violence were working, so they turned to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services’ (DCJS) Criminal Justice Knowledge Bank and Research Consortium for answers, reports pewtrusts.org. The researchers found that the department was successfully identifying those at risk of using a firearm in a conflict for custom notifications. They also found ways that the department could improve its monitoring of and approaches to reducing gun-violence incidents. As a result, the department automated crime report data on interactive maps so police officers could more easily access the information through a web browser.
Through the consortium, DCJS aids in a variety of research initiatives and promotes other resources that can inform the work of criminal justice professionals in New York. Those can include community surveys of residents, people involved in the justice system, and law enforcement; data analysis of crime and victim records; and evaluating the effectiveness and impact of public safety programs.