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The Essence of NC4 Street Smart®: A 12-part Blog Series

By John Bennett
Assistant Chief (retired), Tampa PD
Principal Consultant, NC4 Public Safety

Common definitions for the term 'essence' center on the intrinsic nature or indispensable quality of something. Its character. The heart and soul. Substance. Principle. NC4 wants to share with the readers of this blog what the 'essence' of our law enforcement solution, Street Smart, really is in a 12-part series of blogs throughout 2018.  The double SS within the word eSSence helps to show that Street Smart exists within the term itself. 

As you can see from the graphic, the author of the series and visionary of Street Smart supports the concept that the essence of the revolutionizing solution has no single predominant feature; instead, it is surrounded by a set of properties or characteristics that help agencies become heroes to their respective jurisdictions.  Safe communities are a result of speedily sharing information, crowdsourcing answers to problems, supporting quick line-level decisions, and understanding the value of intelligence-led-policing.

Street Smart was designed from the street level challenges of the front lines of law enforcement, for the simplified use by officers/deputies, detectives and analysts to have true, real-time actionable information and intelligence sharing to solve crimes while they are fresh.  Results have proven that solving crimes fast supports officer safety, crime victim reduction, and community trust.

Please join us over the next 12 months as our blog series takes us through the "The eSSence of NC4 Street Smart".

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In 2002, the Tampa Police Department set out to reduce crime and improve the quality of life for its communities.  By 2008, TPD realized a -52% drop in UCR Part One Crimes, but hit a plateau after 67-months of consecutive reductions.  The author of this blog series, John Bennett [retired Assistant Chief from T.P.D.] and a small, caring team of crime-fighting innovators discovered a process to not only break through the 2008 plateau, but to take the agency down an additional -51% in Part One Crimes. In 2012, this was embedded into NC4 Street Smart as a way to pave the journey forward to fellow agencies who either wish to reduce crime further or sustain their current reductions while keeping their troops safe and gaining community trust.