Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety
What is DDACTS?
Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) is a law enforcement operational model supported by a partnership among the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and two agencies of the Department of Justice: the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Institute of Justice.
DDACTS integrates location-based crime and traffic data to establish effective and efficient methods for deploying law enforcement and other resources. Using geomapping to identify areas that have high incidences of crime and crashes, DDACTS uses traffic enforcement strategies that play a dual role in fighting crime and reducing crashes and traffic violations. Drawing on the deterrent of highly visible traffic enforcement and the knowledge that crime often involves the use of motor vehicles, the goal of DDACTS is to reduce the incidence of crime, crashes, and traffic violations across the country.
Recommended Tactics/Strategies for Addressing the Issue
The DDACTS relies on prompt collection and analysis of crash and crime data to provide actionable reports that inform tactical and strategic decisions of a law enforcement agency. Agencies currently participating are: Baltimore County, Maryland Police Department; Lafourche Parish, Louisiana Sheriff’s Office; Nashville, Tennessee Police Department; Oakland, California Police Department; Rochester, New York Police Department; St Albans Police Department and Vermont State Police; and Washoe County, Nevada Police Department.
DDACTS 101Powerpoint – Core Presentation