Port St. Lucie, Florida
Reducing Gun Violence through Offender-Focused Strategies
The goal of the Port St. Lucie SPI was to expand and institutionalize the police department’s current Stratified Model of problem-solving, analysis, and accountability by implementing offender-based responses in residential burglary and residential theft from vehicle hot spots. This SPI project included dedication of a crime analyst and a detective focused on repeat offenders, to ensure that the program was effectively implemented and institutionalized. Evaluation of the effectiveness of offender-based strategies was conducted through a randomized control trial.
- Detectives were involved in 1,143 responses with 151 offenders, an average of 7.57 responses per offender.
- Although not statistically significant, there was a 22 percent reduction in residential burglary and residential theft from vehicle hot spots.
- There was a 46 percent decrease in arrests of offenders who were contacted and living in control hot spots.
- Offenders and their families reported improved behavior and family relationships as a result of the respectful and helpful tone of the program.