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Strategic Initiatives

Deputy Commissioner, Strategic Initiatives: Robert Barrows

Deputy Commissioner, Strategic Initiatives:
Robert Barrows

The Strategic Initiatives Bureau designs and drives long term, enterprise-wide transformation by evaluating policies, programs, and resources to strive towards maximum organizational effectiveness.

The Deputy Commissioner, Strategic Initiatives, serves as a primary advisor to the Police Commissioner regarding the Department’s short and long term strategic goals, and examines new technologies and innovative solutions to help the Department fulfill its primary mission of keeping New York City safe. The Strategic Initiatives Bureau oversees the following offices:

Office of Management Analysis and Planning (OMAP)

Primary evaluation and assessment arm of the New York City Police Department. Serving as the Department’s “think tank” with regard to potential innovations and efficiencies, proposing policies, programs, organizational structures, and staffing levels, with the goal of maximum effectiveness. The Office monitors and maintains the Department's crime reporting system in relationship with the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services and the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program. Conducts in-depth analyses of crime data and disseminates crime statistics for internal and public consumption and maintains the Department Manual (which includes the Patrol Guide). OMAP is comprised of:

Management Orders and Directives Section (MODS)

The Management Orders and Directives Section (MODS) is responsible for updating and maintaining the Department Manual. MODS oversees form design and control. In addition, MODS is tasked with implementing innovative ways to streamline the Department’s body of knowledge.

Analysis and Mapping Section (AMS)

The Analysis and Mapping Section manages and maintains the GIS technology used to acquire, manipulate and store geospatial information. In addition, the section implements innovative ways to analyze and visualize data; including trends, outliers and patterns. The team is also responsible for the Departments Open Data offerings.

Management Analysis Section (MAS)

The Management Analysis Section (MAS) is responsible for developing NYPD policy and evaluating revisions to the Department Manual. MAS conducts staffing and resource analyses, as well as process improvement evaluations. In addition to its analytical responsibilities, MAS is responsible for the production of a host of legislatively mandated data reports.

Operations Research Section (ORS)

The Operations Research Section (ORS) conducts advanced data analyses for Department executives to inform policy and decision-making. Additionally, ORS is responsible for compiling both internal and external requests for data, including crime statistics for the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program.

Office of Strategy and Innovation (OSI)

Conduct comprehensive horizon scanning research, that will help identify future department initiatives in emerging trends, solutions, and technologies. Ensure the project intake, management, design, and evaluation functions of the Department are coordinated. Propose and develop strategies and projects to achieve the Departments goals and objectives. Also, develop strategies to support the adoption of change is effectively integrated with-in the Department. Oversees the Offices of:

Office of Research and Evaluation (ORE)

The Office of Research and Evaluation (ORE) liaises with law enforcement agencies and organizations, private sector and academia to help identify emerging trends, exchange industry standards, problem solve, and identify innovative solutions and technologies. In addition, the ORE receives and manages all external research proposals.

Project Management Office (PMO)

   o Change Management Office (CMO)

The Project Management Office (PMO) provides expertise and support for complex, multi-Bureau, priority projects and ensures the successful and timely delivery of their objectives. The Change Management Office (CMO), a subunit of the Project Management Office, ensures that change is effectively adopted throughout the Department by developing strategies to support the change through the development of pre and post implementation change management plans.