Center for Drug Policy and Prevention Strategic Plan
Within the next three years, local community leaders and organizations will rely on the Center for Drug Policy and Prevention for advice and information on matters dealing with drug enforcement, treatment, and prevention to save lives and strengthen communities and families in the Washington/Baltimore region.
The mission of the Center for Drug Policy and Prevention (CDPP) is to bring together policy experts, advocates, and scholars dedicated to scientific research and best practices for the purpose of stopping the proliferation of drugs and violence in our communities. The CDPP will accomplish its mission by engaging in applied research and developing initiatives to reduce drug trafficking, money laundering, firearms trafficking, drug-related violence, and gang activity; and by pursuing and promoting strategies to advance a public-health approach to resolving the core problem of addiction.
Goals and Objectives
Goal 1: Improve efforts to combat drug trafficking and drug abuse
Objective 1.1: Collaborate with public health and public safety practitioners across the nation to implement ODMAP as a tool to facilitate information sharing that promotes data-driven strategies.
Objective 1.2: Seek out opportunities to collaborate with local law enforcement to offer technological solutions for better analysis and investigation.
Objective 1.3: Expand Case Explorer nationally as a system to foster intelligence sharing to facilitate disrupting and dismantling drug trafficking organizations responsible for infiltrating communities with drugs.
Objective 1.4: Maintain and advance PMP for reporting on drug trafficking/money laundering organizations, HIDTA-funded training, drug and asset seizures, and case support to serve as a centralized repository of easily accessible and consumable performance metrics for the National HIDTA Program.
Goal 2: Develop innovative approaches to reducing violent crime
Objective 2.1: Develop novel analytical capabilities embedded within ODMAP to encourage spatial and temporal analysis that will support the identification of communities that may become adversely affected by the impact of drug trafficking organizations.
Objective 2.2: Collaborate with the Case Explorer user community to create case studies exhibiting varying methods to use Case Explorer for disrupting and dismantling drug trafficking organizations and money laundering organizations, and ultimately relegating violent crime.
Objective 2.3: Support reporting of data into PMP as a tool for streamlining metrics on the number and type of violent DTOs and MLOs investigated, disrupted, and/or dismantled and drugs seized by the National HIDTA Program.
Goal 3: Conduct research on drug and money laundering organizations and gangs
Objective 3.1: Seek opportunities to collaborate with the Schaefer Center and other faculty members to capitalize on data collected by the W/B HIDTA and the Center.
Objective 3.2: Review overdose data nationally, and identify funding opportunities for improving harm reduction strategies.
Goal 4: Provide strategic, operational, and tactical criminal intelligence to our partners
Objective 4.1: Produce relevant and timely analyses of the overdose data to ODMAP stakeholders, federal partners, and the public to inform public policies and community responses.
Objective 4.2: Generate an annual Case Explorer Strategic Report to advise current and potential Case Explorer users with insight on how to leverage the software’s functionality to inform strategic intelligence.
Objective 4.3: Encourage effective and efficient entry into Case Explorer to support cooperative investigative efforts and the sharing of information within each HIDTA and its initiatives, as well as the National HIDTA Program and ONDCP.
Goal 5: Enhance the College’s academic environment through educational and research opportunities
Objective 5.1: Leverage the pioneering user communities associated with ODMAP, Case Explorer, and PMP to identify potential research opportunities for displaying the power of harnessing data into action.
Objective 5.2: Review success stories from ADAPT and ODMAP nationally to ideate complimentary and replicable approaches to public health and public safety partnerships and strategies to reduce drug use in communities.
Goal 6: Develop new collaborative relationships with departments and colleges within the University, and expand upon existing collaboration
Objective 6.1: Evaluate opportunities to leverage the existing relationships of the Center and the W/B HIDTA to broaden the scope of law enforcement strategies throughout the state, specifically the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network (MCIN).
Objective 6.2: Host workshops designed to share the Center’s strengths and strategies that will stimulate faculty engagement in research and related publishing opportunties.
Goal 7: Seek additional grants and other external funding to support its goals
Objective 7.1: Engage Federal, state, and local partners and stakeholders to identify opportunities for seeking funding to further support and develop ODMAP and Case Explorer
Objective 7.2: Continually research and monitor grant funding opportunities at the Federal, state, and local level.
Objective 7.3: Review and monitor state-level grant opportunities.
Objective 7.4: Seek out opportunities to present at state events to demonstrate our effectiveness, network with state level funding agency staff, and review prior funding awards.
Objective 7.4: Seek out opportunities to network with the foundation community to demonstrate the impact of the Center’s projects and expand grant related activity.
Goal 1: Dismantle and disrupt drug trafficking and money laundering organizations.
Goal 2: Improve the efficiency and effectiveness of law enforcement initiatives.
A Division for Advancing Prevention and Treatment
Goal 1: Advance the science, implementation, and evaluation of substance use prevention and treatment programs.
Objective 1.1: Provide essential training and technical assistance services in substance use prevention and treatment for all HIDTAs.
Objective 1.2: Convene key prevention and treatment stakeholders in our region for regular committee meetings, ad hoc task force meetings, and think tanks.
Objective 1.3: Increase access to care by funding treatment and prevention programs in the W/B HIDTA region.
Objective 1.4: Seek additional funding opportunities to expand and enhance substance use prevention and treatment efforts in the W/B HIDTA region.
Objective 1.5: Disseminate individual and aggregate findings from ADAPT initiatives locally, nationally, and internationally.
Goal 2: Prepare the future public health and public safety workforces by promoting active involvement of undergraduate and graduate students in these fields in the translation and discovery of new prevention knowledge.
Objective 2.1: Provide learning opportunities in systems thinking and substance prevention and treatment by integrating UBalt students from all relevant departments into ADAPT operations.
Goal 3: Engage with local, state, and regional community partners within the Washington/Baltimore region.
Objective 3.1: Develop new and expand upon existing collaborative relationships with departments and colleges within the University of Baltimore.
Objective 3.2: Describe HIDTA’s unique contributions to community organizations.
Objective 3.3: Develop long-term local, state, regional, and national partnerships that address a range of substance use prevention and treatment factors.
Objective 3.4: Promote ADAPT as a national resource for advancement in substance use prevention and treatment.
Investigative Support Center
Goal 1: Promote officer safety by providing event and case deconfliction services.
Objective 1.1: Encourage all law enforcement officers to utilize Case Explorer for deconfliction.
Objective 1.2: Support event deconfliction at the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center.
Objective 1.3: Ensure all case data attributes are entered in Case Explorer by W/B HIDTA analysts.
Objective 1.4: Participate on Case Explorer Working Groups.
Objective 1.5: Facilitate deconfliction, cooperation, and coordination among all of our Federal, state and local law enforcement partners.
Goal 2: Deliver superior case support and case development services.
Objective 2.1: Provide analysts advanced training on the most effective tools and techniques.
Objective 2.2: Provide analysts the best hardware, software, and databases available.
Objective 2.3: Remain current on available analytical software by evaluating vendor products.
Objective 2.4: Receive 100 percent customer satisfaction in user surveys.
Goal 3: Facilitate information sharing among law enforcement, drug treatment, and prevention professionals.
Objective 3.1: Participate in the HIDTA Overdose Response Strategy (ORS).
Objective 3.2: Educate law enforcement and public health about the benefits of information sharing and the capabilities of the ISC.
Objective 3.3: Collect, collate, analyze, and disseminate information and products across criminal justice and public health sectors.
Objective 3.4: Ensure civil liberties and data integrity are protected.
Goal 4: Share information and intelligence with other HIDTAs.
Objective 4.1: Post products and communicate requests for information on Homeland Security Information Network.
Objective 4.2: Attend all Investigative Support Center (ISC) national meetings and conferences.
Objective 4.3: Share best practices and lessons learned with ISCs.
Goal 5: Produce strategic intelligence for decision makers.
Objective 5.1: Identify needs of public safety and public health.
Objective 5.2: Produce monthly, quarterly, and annual reports to meet he needs of public safety and public health professionals.
Objective 5.3: Utilize big data and standard analytical practices to produce tactical, operational, and strategic reports.
Objective 5.4: Identify gaps and produce ad-hoc products when requested.
Goal 6: Support special projects
Objective 6.1: Identify and seek grants that support CDPP’s mission.
Objective 6.2: Identify requirements that solve problems for productive information sharing and analysis by initiating new projects.
Objective 6.3: Provide resources and collaborate with stakeholders to satisfy client needs.
Objective 6.4: Identify emerging technology or practices to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the ISC and its supported units.
Objective 6.5: Assist government entities and academic researchers.
Network Operations Center
Goal 1: Provide state-of-the-art network security.
Objective 1.1: Evaluate security companies to develop a long-term partnership for the monitoring, management, mitigation, and implementation of security best practices.
Objective 1.2: Align where possible with National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) security framework identifying and implementing NIST controls that align with law enforcement security best practice.
Objective 1.3: Develop and refine usage policies that cover all aspects of information technology (IT) that relate to sensitive data.
Objective 1.4: Create a plan to identify, asses, mitigate, and eliminate risks.
Goal 2: Provide application maintenance.
Objective 2.1: Evaluate unused, out-of-date, and problematic code, including providing updated documentation where needed, reducing cyclomatic complexity, and increasing maintainability for applications.
Objective 2.2: Evaluate and prioritize error logs from software applications; and identify, fix, test, and release problem areas within applications.
Objective 2.3: Identify procedures, database routines, and processes for performance; and provide performance enhancements that increase the stability and usability of the software systems.
Goal 3: Develop infrastructure maintenance and upgrade.
Objective 3.1: Identify Office 365 migration partner to perform a site-wide upgrade to Office 365 cloud services.
Objective 3.2: Upgrade the W/B HIDTA infrastructure (hardware refresh) every five years to be in compliance with the W/B HIDTA data center’s requirements.
Objective 3.3: Consolidate and upgrade virtual machines per manufacturer recommendations for end of life/end of support.
Objective 3.4: Implement multi-factor authentication for all externally-accessible applications which host sensitive information.
Objective 3.5: Participate in identity federation and information sharing/security developments created by HIDTAs and other partners.
Objective 3.6: Purchase and configure a new Pulse Secure portal for remote access.
Objective 3.7: Create a system dashboard showing the status of all systems and databases.
Goal 4: Provide world-class customer support.
Objective 4.1: Develop and support tools and processes that are utilized by the Investigative Support Center (ISC).
Objective 4.2: Develop and support projects in collaboration with partner agencies, such as the Maryland Governor’s Office of Crime Control, Youth, and Victim Services, on projects including but not limited to Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network (MCIN) initiatives.
Objective 4.3: Provide helpdesk support for Case Explorer (CE), ODMAP (Overdose Mapping Application Program), Performance Management Process (PMP) and Communication Analysis Portal (CAP).
Objective 4.4: Provide executive management, status, and impediments reports for all Network Operations Center projects to assist in decision making.
Objective 4.5: Provide initiatives with computers, office phones, network connectivity and support services.
Goal 5: Develop applications in support of user needs.
Objective 5.1: Develop Generation 3 of Case Explorer to include modern interface, mobile compatibility, and single sign-on support.
Objective 5.2: Develop ODMAP to provide a robust user experience through the creation of a single application, enhanced data analysis tools, and automated data feeds from external systems.
Objective 5.3: Continue development of PMP to support the HIDTA mission per enhancement requests from all HIDTAs nationwide, as well as the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Objective 5.4: Develop reports, data imports, and one-time projects to support user data and reporting needs.
Objective 5.5: Revise and enhance processes (Agile/Scrum) to support continuous improvement in development methodologies.
Objective 5.6: Develop a gang module within Case Explorer to replace the legacy GangNet system.
Goal 1: Provide a sound system of internal assurances and controls to ensure reliability and integrity of financial reporting and management information systems.
Objective 1.1: Provide an annual report on financial expenses and budget balances to the CDPP executive director.
Objective 1.2: Provide training/guidance to managers and external partners regarding departmental budget management.
Goal 2: Monitor and refine the use of purchasing cards to improve efficient processing of purchasing goods and services with vendors.
Objective 1.1: Verify all purchases are necessary, and in compliance with ONDCP grant policies.
Goal 3: Identify new methods to increase efficiency while ensuring the needs of both internal and external partners are met.
Objective 3.1: Provide solutions to management and partners on how to address and mitigate financial and/or operation risks.