Crime Strategies

In addition to handling cases referred by the police, 21st-century prosecutors have a role to play in reducing crime across the board.

In 2010, District Attorney Vance created the first-ever Crime Strategies Unit (“CSU”) to operationalize a more proactive, data-driven approach to crime fighting. Under our intelligence-driven prosecution model, prosecutors harness, analyze, and share intelligence in order to craft proactive strategies that address specific crime trends and target priority offenders.

In our CSU, we divide Manhattan into five geographic areas, and assign a senior prosecutor to each area to work with local residents to analyze trends and solve problems. These prosecutors partner with investigators, community liaisons, and intelligence analysts to identify opportunities to reduce and prevent crime by improving the timely and accurate sharing of criminal intelligence gathered not only by our Office, but from other law enforcement agencies as well.

We host regular symposiums on Intelligence-Driven Prosecution for prosecutors who are interested in learning more about these crime-fighting strategies. Since CSU’s inception, at least 20 jurisdictions throughout the nation have worked with us to replicate our approach, with new “Crime Strategies Units” established in: Albuquerque, NM; Annapolis, MD; Baltimore, MD; Baton Rouge, LA; Boston, MA; The Bronx; Brooklyn; Chicago, IL; Cleveland, OH; Delaware; Jersey City, NJ; Philadelphia, PA; Phoenix, AZ; Rockford, IL; Seattle, WA; San Francisco, CA; Santa Clara, CA; Louis, MN; Staten Island; and Tucson, AZ.