Street Smart Blog

John Bennett

In 2002, the Tampa Police Department (TPD) 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 TPD] 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.

Recent Posts

Part III: Street Smart and the Value of Scalability

We have introduced a blog series titled “The Essence of Street Smart: A 12-part Blog Series”, to share with our readers what the ‘essence’ of our law...

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Part II: Situational Awareness: Officer Safety & Crime Reduction

We have introduced a blog series titled “The Essence of Street Smart: A 12-part Blog Series”, to share with our readers what the ‘essence’ of our law...

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Part I: Speed. The True Backbone of Street Smart

We have introduced a blog series titled “The Essence of Street Smart: A 12-part Blog Series”, to share with our readers what the ‘essence’ of our law...

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The Essence of Street Smart: A 12 Part Blog Series

Common definitions for the term ‘essence’ center on the intrinsic nature or indispensable quality of something. Its character. The heart and soul....

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