Associate Professor, Sociology
Shannon Monnat is part of a team that received a NIJ grant for their research project titled, “Building Drug Intelligence Networks to Combat the Opioid Crisis in Rural Communities: A Collaborative Intelligence-led Policing Strategy.”
The project seeks to answer the following questions: (1.) What factors best indicate opioid risk in rural places? (2.) What responses are rural communities and their police making to the opioid epidemic, especially for police intelligence and information gathering? (3.) What intelligence-centered approach do rural police departments find most useful and how do they respond when primed to initiate one with a small investment of resources? (4.) What benefit is yielded with new initiatives in opioid response and drug intelligence for rural police? Where should taxpayers invest resources for maximal outcomes?