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Simulation Tool to Assess Dynamic Strategies for Deployment of Police Resources

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $44,094)

This award was competitively made in response to a proposal submitted by University of Texas at Arlington to a National Institute of Justice FY 2015 solicitation: “Graduate Research Fellowship in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics.” With this solicitation, NIJ sought applications for funding innovative doctoral dissertation research in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics that is relevant to providing solutions to better ensure public safety, prevent and control crime, and ensure the fair and impartial administration of criminal justice in the United States. The ultimate goal of this solicitation is to increase the pool of researchers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields who are involved in research relevant to criminal justice applications. In its application, University of Texas at Arlington proposes to build a framework to bridge the gap between predictive policing and dynamic deployment strategies. University of Texas at Arlington proposes to do this by creating a discrete-event simulation tool that will enable the framework to facilitate assessment of dynamic strategies to reduce crime, in particular, staff allocation and deployment strategies. The advantage of a simulation tool is the ability to inexpensively explore “what-if” scenarios. The proposed framework would enable exploration of a variety of dynamic strategies, including those that are current employed by police departments, such as task forces and disruption units. This project is being funded incrementally in 3 phases, with the effort funded in FY15 representing the first phase.

This project contains a research and/or development component, as defined in applicable law.


Date Created: September 15, 2015