Through the PSI, the University and the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission have entered a research-practice partnership for the benefit of the Memphis community. The development of that partnership is being led by the PSI's executive director in consultation with public safety practitioners along with University faculty and other researchers.
Through this partnership, the Institute will fulfill a need by the Memphis Shelby Crime Commission to:
- Identify evidence based and evidence informed practices and solutions and generally bring a deep expertise to problem solving in the areas of crime prevention, intervention and reduction,
- Publish and analyze local crime statistics and trends,
- Help define and execute an applied research agenda tied to the local Safe Community Plan, and
- Organize forums and symposia to promote thoughtful leadership and discussion to improve practices related to crime and public safety.