Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Press-Tribune: Nampa Police Bring Back Data-Driven Patrol Program

Posted By on Wed, May 14, 2014 at 9:58 AM

DDACTS stands for Data-Driven Approach to Crime and Traffic Safety. It’s a program that compiles data to identify areas where crime and traffic accidents are highest, then focuses police patrols in those areas. The Idaho-Press Tribune reported this morning that the Nampa Police Department is giving this approach another go after a less successful attempt in the summer of 2012.

Nampa police officer Aaron Schreiber told the Press-Tribune that DDACTS gives officers a bird’s eye, big picture view of where incidents tend to happen, maybe even more accurately than police officers on the ground could.

“We have 113 cops,” Schreiber told the Press-Tribune. “If you were to sit down and ask 113 cops where the problem areas in this city are, you would probably get about 15-20 different answers.”

Using three to five years of data compiled for DDACTS, real trends and patterns can emerge. The police department said it isn’t shooting to write more tickets or make more arrests; there are no quotas. But they’ll strive to have a more visible presence in identified problem areas. Creating the perception of high police presence in an area helps suppress crime and encourage lawful driving.

The police department has higher hopes for the reintroduction of DDACTS this time. With additional training and more careful analysis of data, Schreiber said department leaders expect better results. They’re working in the field now to train officers on how to make DDACTS work.

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