Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety




Pruneda, Augustin M., III

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Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT)


Law enforcement agencies are suffering from budget cuts and staffing shortages. These issues were occurring naturally in the law enforcement industry. Add in the reduction of police budgets due to the #defundthepolice movement and the problem is exacerbated. Agencies are still responsible for providing the services that are expected by their communities. The National Highway Safety Institute has come up with Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS). This is a data analysis model that incorporates hot spot policing that utilizes traffic enforcement in specific target zones. DDACTS is comprised of seven principles. The principles begin with building community partnerships which will create backing for highly visible and targeted traffic enforcement. The targeted enforcement ends up resulting in reduced crashes and reduced crime within the targeted area. DDACTS has been implemented by several law enforcement agencies across the nation over the past few years. These agencies have experienced some measured success. Law Enforcement Agencies should use Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety.



Crime Analysis--Data Processing, Traffic Safety