Joliet, Illinois

Reducing Drug and Drug-related Crime in Target Areas

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Site LE Agency
Joliet Police Department

Site Researcher
Robert Lombardo, Ph.D., Loyola University of Chicago, Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology

Site Focus
Guns, Gun Violence, Drugs

SPI Strategy
Place-based policing, Offender-based policing

Site Cohort

Site Profile
Mid-sized urban area of 62.11 sq. miles with a population of 150,723

Project Overview

The goal of the Joliet SPI was to reduce the city’s violent crime through police partnerships with probation and parole; public outreach and communication; strategic tactical deployment of police officers; and collaboration with their research partner. In order to focus on reducing the number of active shooters on the streets, Joliet SPI developed the Strategic Tactical Deployment (STD) program, (now known as Area-Based Crime (ABC) Response). Similar to hot spot policing, ABC gathered supplemental information from probation and parole authorities to remove violent offenders from the community. Additionally, the Joliet Police Department (JPD) participated in community outreach programs to increase citizen cooperation and reporting of gun violence to the department.

Data Highlight

  • Joliet SPI identified an initial reduction of total active hot spots from 5 to 2 in 2011.
  • After launching “It’s OK to Report Gun Violence in Joliet,” the Joliet Police Department received 527 calls from citizens resulting in 122 arrests.
  • During the 23-month program, Joliet SPI had the following results:
    • 1,320 probation contacts resulting in 737 arrests (55.8%); and
    • 1,605 parole contacts resulting in 928 arrests (57.8%).