Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $70,352)
The State Justice Statistics (SJS) Program is designed to maintain and enhance each state's capacity to address criminal justice issues through collection and analysis of data. The SJS Program provides support to each state to coordinate and conduct statistical activities within the state, conduct research to estimate impacts of legislative and policy changes, and serve as a liaison in assisting BJS to gather data from respondent agencies within their states.
The MO SAC was established and operates under authority of the Missouri Department of Public Safety (DPS). The SAC is placed within the Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) in the Research and Development Division (RDD).
The MO SAC will use SJS funds to add five additional data themes to the current interactive Crime in Missouri data dashboard. The project will be completed in three phases with the five new data themes being: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault; Drug and Alcohol Offenses; Law Enforcement Officers Killed or Assaulted; Crimes against Society; and Law Enforcement Employment in Missouri. The first phase is to evaluate and survey all NIBRS and UCR Summary Based System data to understand the needs and what data is readily available. This includes to examine the available publications and query reports, then document a gap analysis of what key crime data is not readily available to its stakeholders online. The second phase consists of designing the five new dashboards such as new graphs, chart designs, mapping features, and other new enhancements. The MO SAC team will work with Beyond 20/20 to develop and test the new dashboards. The third and final phase will be the roll-out of the five new themes to the current three themes (Crimes Against Persons, Crimes Against Property, and Hate Crimes) listed in the data dashboard. The dashboards can be accessed through the MO SAC website which will be maintained and updated by the MO SAC and MSHP personnel.