Education Session Recap: Analysis in Support of Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS)

DDACTS has the potential to help agencies perform more effectively and efficiently. In a Tuesday morning workshop at IACP 2011, presenters Christopher Bruce and Debra Piehl described how this operational model uses the analysis of location-based crime, traffic, and enforcement data to support smart deployment of resources for the safety and convenience of the community.

“The ability to get to and from work in a safe and timely manner is what concerns your citizens most directly,” said Piehl. And DDACTS—developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as the perceived solution to low priority of data-driven traffic enforcement—has the capability to do this.

DDACTS encourages the following:

  • Broader selection of source data
  • Analytical techniques specific to crash analytics
  • Analytical products that guide both crime prevention and traffic enforcement
  • Synthesized responses from greater selection of response options
  • Agency forums for development of response
  • Thorough analysis of enforcement data
  • More robust evaluation
  • More comprehensive use of partners and stakeholders

Piehl holds implementation workshops for law enforcement agencies, and the information she conveyed on Tuesday was condensed from her usual 16-hours-over-3-days presentation.

Bruce explained that three months after implementation, a given agency compares its results—areas inside the DDACTS area versus areas outside the DDACTS area.

“Incidents of dysplasia often exist as a result of highly visible enforcement,” Bruce said. “So the plan is then revised to address new hotspots.”

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