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Deputy Commissioner Strategic Initiatives

Deputy Commissioner Danielle M. Pemberton

Deputy Commissioner Strategic Initiatives:
Danielle M. Pemberton

The mission of the Deputy Commissioner Strategic Initiatives (DCSI), is to design and drive long term, enterprise-wide transformation by evaluating policies, programs, and resources, and strive toward maximum organizational efficiency and effectiveness.

DCSI serves as a primary advisor to the Police Commissioner regarding the Department’s short and long term strategic goals. Examine new technologies and explore innovative solutions to help the Department fulfill its primary mission of keeping New York City safe.

Strategic Initiatives oversees the following sub-units:

The Office of Strategic Initiatives

Oversee all activities of the Office of Strategic Initiatives. Assist in direction, coordination and control of the Office of Management Analysis and Planning (OMAP), Office of Research and Innovation (ORI), Project Management Office (PMO), Design and Evaluation Office (DEO) and Change Management Office (CMO). 3. Manage the administrative, personnel and budgetary functions of units assigned to Deputy Commissioner, Strategic Initiatives.

Office of Management Analysis and Planning

The Office of Management Analysis and Planning (OMAP) is the primary evaluation and assessment arm of the New York City Police Department. It serves as a "think tank" for 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. It conducts in-depth analyses of crime data and disseminates crime statistics for public consumption. It maintains the Department Manual (which includes the Patrol Guide), oversees official department form design and control, and establishes record retention and destruction policies. It also liaises with outside law enforcement agencies and academia, identifying emerging trends, solutions and technologies.

Analysis And Mapping Section

Manage and maintain geospatial intelligence capabilities. Manage technology used to acquire, manipulate and store geospatial information. Implement innovative ways to see and understand data trends, outliers and patterns. Receive Department requests for research. Analyze and provide research data for research requests, as requested. Perform initial review of research topics from internal/external sources and vet requests for letters of support. Review final research report/products received from research entities.

Management Analysis Section

Assess current Department operations and policies, and make recommendations for improvement. Identify process gaps and resource needs to enhance operational efficiency. Prepare policy, procedural and budgetary briefing materials for the Police Commissioner and other members of the executive staff. Prepare public reports and statistical analyses for external and internal presentations. Respond to external requests for Department information and surveys. Conduct resource analyses and make recommendations to support the needs and objectives of the Department.

Management Orders And Directives Section

Responsible for updating and maintaining the Department Manual. Review, draft, publish and disseminate new and revised Department directives. Implement innovative ways to streamline the Departments body of knowledge. Oversee form design and control.

Operations Research Section

Ensure data integrity and consistency. Monitor and maintain the Department's crime reporting system. Analyze crime data to ensure validity, integrity and reliability. Prepare, analyze and interpret crime complaint and arrest data. Prepare mandated crime and enforcement data submissions to the FBI Uniformed Crime Reporting System, NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services and NYC City Council.

Office Of Research And Innovation (ORI)

Liaise with law enforcement industry and academia, identifying emerging trends, solutions, and technologies. Implement innovative pilot programs based on new and emerging trends/ideas. Manage and evaluate external research proposals and partnerships. Serve as primary liaison with all external research entities. Coordinate the Research Committee to review and assess external research requests. Propose and develop strategies and projects to achieve Departments goals and bjectives.

Project Management Office (PMO)

Provide a key level of support to complex, multi-bureau, and priority projects. Ensure successful project delivery by defining and maintaining project management standards throughout the life-cycle of a project (i.e., scoping, planning, implementation, evaluation, etc.). Facilitate and coordinate implementation of projects across bureaus. Connect expertise and resources in order to support projects and build the capacity for project management. Oversee the Project Coordination Team and the Project Delivery Team. Develop project management standards and best practices to be followed. Conduct and maintain training for project management capacities.

Project Coordination Team

Define and align the project portfolio in line with strategic priorities, maintaining definitive list of projects. Manage the initial project intake, scoping, and analysis. Identify key stakeholders, internally and externally. Lead and coordinate the monthly Project Intake Review Committee. Manage the Finest Ideas Program.

Project Delivery Team

Develop project documents (charter, project plan, etc.). Provide executive and Stakeholder governance management. Report on the progress of project and escalate risks as required. Manage dependencies between similar projects.

Design And Evaluation Office (DEO)

Oversee planning of projects key features and structure to ensure goals are measurable and achievable. Oversee the Program Design Section (PDS) and Performance Evaluation Section (PES)

Program Design Section
Set and communicate guidelines for design outputs. Engage stakeholders to develop design of project initiatives:

  1. Identify risks, constraints and assumptions
  2. Analyze data, historical information and current policies
  3. Develop budget and staffing plans
  4. Identify critical success factors and outcomes
  5. Develop multiple project design options.


Performance Evaluation Section
Perform evaluations for projects and programs. Develop baseline metrics and key performance indicators to determine post implementation success and challenges. Synthesize end-user feedback and identify opportunities for additional improvement.

Change Management Office

Develop strategies to support adoption of change in the Department to ensure change is effectively integrated. Develop change and stakeholder management, communications, training, knowledge transfer, and post implementation support plans. Analyze and determine communication audience, method and timing for such communication. Develop and manage "Project Champion" network to deliver target messaging and carry out change activities with impacted groups.