Blue CRUSH™ . . . A Research Partner/Police
Collaboration on Data-Driven Street Operation
The successes of the MPD’s Operation Blue CRUSH™ pilot operation in 2005 suggested a need for a
sustained, integrated law enforcement approach in all
parts of the city where street crime has adversely
affected the quality of life for our citizens.
Operation Blue CRUSH™ 2005 categorically reduced crime in areas of the city where
the methodology was implemented. These “hot spots” of
crime were identified using statistical data which
allowed us to pinpoint concentrations of criminal
activity and better direct our resources.
Based on these initial
results, Operation Blue CRUSH™ has evolved from a
pilot operation to a department-wide philosophy. The
Police Services command staff has developed a
comprehensive plan to significantly reduce street crime
by deploying the Department’s resources in a sustained
and proactive manner. The Department, now restructured (Felony Assault Unit,
Criminal Apprehension Team, Safe Streets Task Force, etc.), will allow more effective
integration of its manpower, resources and intelligence
gathering to continue to reduce crime.
The Blue CRUSH™ methodology can
now be utilized in a sustained, integrated and efficient
manner with the emphasis on accomplishing our goal.
Blue CRUSH™ utilizes new partnerships
with the University of Memphis and takes advantage of
cutting edge technology to create multi-layered crime analysis
of “hot spots” based on crime data. Through the Blue CRUSH™
initiative the MPD has seen a reduction in crime.
With the crime data information provided, the MPD has demanded a
higher level of accountability and responsibility from all officers of the department - from the Command Staff to
When Blue CRUSH™ crime data is analyzed to provide
information on the type of crime, day of week, time of day, and
the location that the crime is occurring the department is held
more accountable and responsible for the crime that occurs
across the city. This critical information is used to
specifically focus the Memphis Police Department Blue CRUSH™ resources in new and innovative strategies driven by
accountability and responsibility.
The MPD works hand in hand with the District Attorney's Office,
as well as the United States Attorney's Office, to ensure that Blue CRUSH™ defendants are prosecuted in the most
appropriate venue. A coordinated media campaign educates the
community and magnifies the deterrent effect of Blue CRUSH™
Whenever law enforcement intensifies its efforts
in a community, public support is critical. The Blue CRUSH™
OUTREACH strategy seeks to engage and maintain public
support for this effort by:
(1) Establishing sustained contact with
community leaders and neighborhood groups.
(2) Developing diversified and sustained media
(3) Engaging the assistance of various referral
agencies and service organizations when needed.
The Blue CRUSH™ strategy has proven
results in Memphis and, over the long term, data suggests that
Memphis will benefit from a unit dedicated to continuously
implementing the Blue CRUSH™ strategy of relying on
analysis and the efficient use of resources.
Effective Saturday, January 14, 2006, the MPD
created a new unit, the Criminal Apprehension Team (CAT), to
expand the resources of Blue CRUSH™. This
unit will be utilized in an integrated manner with other
units, focusing on both problematic crime and known high
crime areas inside the City of Memphis.
Blue CRUSH™ will fall under the
umbrella of the Organized Crime Unit.
The Criminal Apprehension Team will encompass
the Hispanic Action Response Team and former members of the
Metro Gang Unit working in cooperation with Project Safe
Neighborhoods and the Auto Cargo Theft Task Force.
CAT will focus on street
level crimes where crime patterns and/or specific problematic
crime areas have been identified by Blue CRUSH™ methodology. CAT will also work closely with Uniform Patrol
Divisions, Investigative Services Bureaus and Crime Analysis
Unit to ensure departmental resources are being utilized
efficiently and proactively.