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Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS)

Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (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 crash data to es

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 crash data to es

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It is with a sad heart that I tell our DDACTS partners about the loss of one of our amazing DDACTS SMEs, Deputy Chief Mi...
08/20/2022
Metro police Deputy Chief Mike Alexander dead at 53

It is with a sad heart that I tell our DDACTS partners about the loss of one of our amazing DDACTS SMEs, Deputy Chief Mike Alexander, Metro/Nashville Police Department.

Mike joined our team at the very beginning of the project in 2009 and taught in over 40 DDACTS workshops throughout the country, winning individuals and agencies over to the DDACTS model. He also served by providing hours of technical assistance to other commanders and chiefs, wanting to know more about implementing the model. His direct efforts saved countless lives and our DDACTS family is grateful for his commitment to traffic safety and his tremendous gift of friendship.

May he rest in peace in his version of heaven: a beautiful summer's day at the beach!

https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/2022/08/19/metro-nashville-deputy-chief-mike-alexander-dies-natural-causes/7845318001/?fbclid=IwAR1K-sqkUvo0l6NxlzfcsY38E5nS_3rFbKsYk-h0vEWCP0A-rPOh3zebS3o
https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/local/2022/08/19/metro-nashville-deputy-chief-mike-alexander-dies-natural-causes/7845318001/?fbclid=IwAR1K-sqkUvo0l6NxlzfcsY38E5nS_3rFbKsYk-h0vEWCP0A-rPOh3zebS3o

Alexander was a 31-year veteran of the Metro Nashville Police Department beginning his career shortly after graduating from MTSU.

Our DDACTS team made up of Dan Howard, IADLEST, Craig Spingarn, Denver CO PD and  Peggy Schaefer, IADLEST recently trave...
04/13/2022
VI Office of Highway Safety Provides Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety Certification

Our DDACTS team made up of Dan Howard, IADLEST, Craig Spingarn, Denver CO PD and Peggy Schaefer, IADLEST recently traveled to the Virgin Islands to conduct a successful DDACTS Workshop. All of the Virgin Islands Police Department participants were receptive to learning how High-Visibility-Engagement can help to reduce their crashes and crime. Please contact [email protected] to bring a workshop to your area!

The Police Traffic Services Program provided certification training to 20 employees of the VIPD, which included police crime and investigative analysts, VIOHS coordinators, and traffic investigation and training bureau officers from both island districts.

02/06/2022

Blue Force Learning has several NCP certified training courses. Here is something that data-driven individuals in the field may be interested in:

Some stereotypes imply that only analysts work with data; however, in today’s world where data are literally everywhere, sworn police officers and detectives 👮 are also called to work with and understand complex datasets. This is why we have created a completely free webinar for law enforcement personnel 🎬 who are interested in learning more about data analytics and how it can be used for their work. Have a look at the recordings and materials from any or all of our six webinars that have taken place:
1. Simple Excel Techniques to Work With Large Datasets
2. Create a Telephone Frequency of Calls (Hot List)
3. Use Your Arrest Data to Create a Frequent Flyers List
4. Use Geographical Data in Your Investigations
5. Leverage Social Media in Law Enforcement
6. Use a Google Goefence Warrant to Close Your Cases
Be part of the data revolution and the hundreds of people who have joined the Fighting Crime with Data Webinar Series. Review the materials, get your certificate, and share your accomplishments on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook. 🔥 Looking forward to welcoming you to our community!

Seat Belts save lives!! Buckle up!
01/29/2022

Seat Belts save lives!! Buckle up!

We figured out today’s Wordle! 😉

Remember, folks, when you’re in the car, always buckle up.

Our DDACTS SME team, made up of Commander Dan Howard, Retired Sgt. and MODOT LEL Art Amato, and Research Analyst (RTI) E...
01/23/2022

Our DDACTS SME team, made up of Commander Dan Howard, Retired Sgt. and MODOT LEL Art Amato, and Research Analyst (RTI) Elise Pierce just concluded an excellent workshop at the Springfield Missouri Police Department.
The agency teams created robust and dynamic plans to reduce crashes and crime in this community!

You can learn how to do this too!
Contact [email protected]

Here is an excellent article on the success of the Dallas PD's crime reduction program.   Studies prove, over and over a...
10/15/2021
City leaders praise Dallas police chief’s crime plan as violence, murders decrease

Here is an excellent article on the success of the Dallas PD's crime reduction program. Studies prove, over and over again, that high visibility engagement can reduce crime. If you are interested in learning how to do this with your agency, contact [email protected]

https://www.dallasnews.com/news/crime/2021/10/13/city-leaders-praise-dallas-police-chiefs-crime-plan-as-violence-murders-decrease/

Top city officials praised Dallas police Chief Eddie García’s violent crime plan this week after the department provided updated data showing that overall...

05/26/2021
Our DDACTS team made up of Commander Dan Howard, TXDOT Project Manager, Lt Vincent Lewis, Clarksville TN Police Dept, Sr...
05/26/2021

Our DDACTS team made up of Commander Dan Howard, TXDOT Project Manager, Lt Vincent Lewis, Clarksville TN Police Dept, Sr Analyst Craig Spingarn, Denver CO Police Dept and DDACTS Project Manager Peggy Schaefer pilot tested the new DDACTS 2.0 Curriculum in Flathead County Montana this week.
Attending officers from Flathead County Sheriffs Office, Kalispell Police Dept and the Great Falls Police Dept all learned how to effectively manage agency resources using the DDACTS model. You can too!!
Contact [email protected]

03/12/2021
Truck & Bus Workshops

Our Large Truck and Bus training courses reduce crashes with high visibility engagement. Contact Dan [email protected] for more details.

The Texas-Truck and Bus Traffic Enforcement Training workshop is presented at no cost to the participants or the hosting agency. The training is intended to re-emphasize the need for ALL sworn officers to safely and effectively engage large trucks and buses to help reduce the rate of crash injuries....

We are looking for host agencies!!
03/12/2021

We are looking for host agencies!!

There has been a lot of online webinars the past year. So we are excited to announce some in-person workshops again! Officers are invited to attend the 2021 12-hour workshops with locations around the nation. Find the entire list here: https://buff.ly/2NHtUfm Texas Department of Transportation

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03/12/2021
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The purpose of the National Decertification Index (NDI) is to serve as a national registry of certificate or license revocation actions relating to officer misconduct. The records contained in the NDI are provided by participating state government agencies and should be verified with the contributin...

Here is an excellent publication about IADLEST!! Check it out!!
03/12/2021
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Here is an excellent publication about IADLEST!! Check it out!!

This book is a cumulative history of law enforcement events, leading up to and beyond the creation of state agencies of government that continue to oversee how we select and maintain law officers employed within our police agencies. It emphasizes many of the activities that the states and federal go...

Don’t miss our next DDACTS 2.0 Webinar!!
03/12/2021

Don’t miss our next DDACTS 2.0 Webinar!!

By now, you've heard about the 8-part webinar series. The next session, "Outcomes", is March 18th! This webinar will analyze the difference between outcomes and outputs, propose agency-specific desired outcomes that can be presented to community partners, and more. Read more and register: https://buff.ly/3kPhxtL

Here's more detail about Harris County Sheriff's Office!!!https://myemail.constantcontact.com/The-Harris-County-Sheriff-...
03/02/2021
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office Initiates DDACTS Program

Here's more detail about Harris County Sheriff's Office!!!
https://myemail.constantcontact.com/The-Harris-County-Sheriff-s-Office-Initiates-DDACTS-Program.html?soid=1133105851034&aid=HVoI1AWnX4s

If you are a police department or Sheriff's agency, the DDACTS 2.0 model might be a viable solution to positively engage your citizens, build trust by being transparent AND reduce crashes and crime.

Visit the Harris County Sheriff's Office Homepage The Harris County Sheriff’s Office Initiates DDACTS Program ‌ ‌ The Sheriff’s Office is on the path to implementing a proven, evidence-based policing

03/01/2021

It's wonderful that the Harris County Sheriff's Office in Texas is training and preparing to implement the DDACTS model! Harris County is the third largest Sheriff's Office in the US.


The Harris County Sheriff’s Office Initiates DDACTS Program

The Sheriff’s Office is on the path to implementing a proven, evidence-based policing strategy called Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS). This operational model is rooted in local data collection and analysis and establishes effective methods for deploying law enforcement personnel and other critical resources to crime, crash and traffic-related hot spot areas.
“Hotspot technologies have given us the ability to understand crime and traffic patterns, as well as patterns of victimization,” said Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. “DDACTS is a cost-effective approach and powerful tool that leverages technology and data to tell us when and where to focus our countermeasures for long-term change.”
The goal of DDACTS is to develop strategic and analysis-driven operational plans that reduce high incidences of crashes and crime, as well as overall social harm over time. It starts with building community relationships and partnerships and draws on the deterrent value of high-visibility, targeted patrol and traffic enforcement.
Dozens of our teammates across our agency – command staff, patrol district leaders, patrol deputies, Crime Reduction Unit deputies, traffic investigators, and crime analysts – attended a day-long implementation workshop on the DDACTS model. Over the next several weeks and months, we will be working toward implementing this initiative as a pilot program in Patrol District I in north Harris County.
The move toward a greater reliance on data analysis to identify the nexus of crashes and crime builds on our philosophy of community-oriented policing and reinforces the vital role that our residents and partners play in ensuring public safety. As first responders, we know firsthand that crashes and crime often occur in close proximity and that crimes regularly involve the use of motor vehicles. We also know that vehicle stops can yield valuable intelligence.
DDACTS promotes transparency and accountability and demonstrates the power of data to address disproportionately affected areas. It also employs routine information sharing among key divisions in our agency and underscores the collective ownership of the initiative.

Most importantly, it’s information we can act on. Regularly generated progress reports by our crime analysts on the type of crime or crash, its location, and the time of day that it occurred will keep deputies and residents informed and lay the foundation for assessing effectiveness in the use of specific operational techniques and personnel deployment. This constant monitoring and evaluation provide valuable feedback for adjustments and realigning resource allocation. It will serve as a complement and force multiplier to our existing community-oriented policing and proactive crime reduction efforts seen in our various dedicated units and task forces, such as our Traffic Crimes Unit targeting every aspect of street racing and street takeovers.
As an agency, we’re always exploring innovative strategies and approaches that align with our core values, improve our deployment decisions, and focus on better serving and engaging our residents.
For more information on DDACTS and its operating guidelines, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.

The DDACTS team made up of Cmdr. (ret.)  Howard, IADLEST; Captain Michael Alexander, Metro-Nashville, TN PD; and Senior ...
01/09/2021

The DDACTS team made up of Cmdr. (ret.) Howard, IADLEST; Captain Michael Alexander, Metro-Nashville, TN PD; and Senior Analytical Specialist, Piehl, IADLEST taught a 12-hour National Strategic Agency Planning Session focusing on the DDACTS model in Missoula, MT. on December 14 -15, 2020. Members from the Missoula Police Department and the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office attended and began the planning process to implement DDACTS in their agency.

The 12-hour workshop is designed to get agencies up and running quickly and use their data more effectively. We also focus on building trust, accountability and improving neighborhood relationships by positively engaging the community. To learn more about the DDACTS model, contact [email protected]. Now more than ever, agencies need to be able to strategically deploy staff where they are needed most based on accurate data!

Here is an exciting opportunity for individuals interested in using ARCGIS Pro!  All agencies need someone who can effec...
11/24/2020
IACA

Here is an exciting opportunity for individuals interested in using ARCGIS Pro! All agencies need someone who can effectively map your crashes and crime!
Join the IACA for only $25 and these courses are only $10 each!
https://iaca.net/training/?search=arcgis

In addition to webinars, the IACA offers the following in person and online classes. To host an IACA class, please read through the hosting requirements listed here.

Our DDACTS team made up of Debra Piehl, Lauren Norman and Peggy Schaefer delivered a 14-hour  "Crime & Traffic Safety An...
11/13/2020

Our DDACTS team made up of Debra Piehl, Lauren Norman and Peggy Schaefer delivered a 14-hour "Crime & Traffic Safety Analysis: Techniques to Support DDACTS" course recently in Charlotte NC. The following individuals came:

Lt. Miguel Alvarez San Luis AZ Police Department
Officer Mark Johnson Ogden UT Police Department
Analyst Katharine Beals Kansas City KS Police Department
Analyst Jason Christensen Ogden UT Police Department
Analyst Danielle Dansby Jacksonville NC Police Department
Analyst Amanda Dickerson Jeffersonville IN Police Department
Analyst Jose Farinas Miami FL Police Department
Analyst Carmen Guitron-Garibay Corona CA Police Department
Analyst Rebecca Horney Great Falls MT Police Department
Analyst Stephen Kerlee Rochester NH Police Department
Analyst Rob Lutz Santa Rosa FL Sheriff's Office
Analyst Latoya Mathis Miami FL Police Department
Capt. Brian Murphy Ashwaubenon WI Department of Public Safety
Chief Michael Pace City of Toledo OR Police Department
Analyst Jerome Smith Sheridan WY Police Department
Analyst Cara Steele Keizer OR Police Department
Analyst Barry Swain Kinston NC Police Department
Analyst Ken Wickman Missoula MT Police Department
Analyst Jenny Zerbe Little Rock AR Police Department

We are scheduling our 2021 workshops now! These are 12 hour events that showcase how to effectively use your current data and staffing to build transparency and community trust AND reduce crashes and crime.

For more information, reach out to [email protected]

IADLEST recently received a grant to develop a nationwide Duty-to-Intervene/Peer Intervention program.We have created th...
11/13/2020

IADLEST recently received a grant to develop a nationwide Duty-to-Intervene/Peer Intervention program.

We have created this task analysis and need your input to identify the most critical issues this curriculum should address. (This shouldn’t take more than five minutes to complete.)
You can choose to remain anonymous; however, we will send our analysis results if you provide your contact information.

Peer Intervention survey
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PeerInterventionSurvey

Please forward this link to your colleagues, fellow officers, trainers, and others to maximize our sample size. Our deadline is November 20, 2020.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact [email protected]

We are scheduling DDACTS 2.0 workshops right now!!
10/07/2020
DDACTS in Idaho

We are scheduling DDACTS 2.0 workshops right now!!

Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) integrates location-based crime and traffic data to establish effective and efficient methods for...

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10/07/2020

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Here is a short, but interesting, brief on “What Constitutes Driving?” In the State v. Zaragoza case, the court looked at 10 different factors, including: were the headlights on, was the engine running, was the vehicle parked, etc. https://buff.ly/2HoK89A

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09/30/2020

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What does an analyst actually do? What else is there besides statistics? What reports should my analyst produce? These questions and more are answered in this webinar recording. Request access and listen to it here: https://buff.ly/3kPdc8Q

Want to Host a DDACTS workshop?? Contact Peggy Schaefer to schedule yours today!!
09/11/2020

Want to Host a DDACTS workshop?? Contact Peggy Schaefer to schedule yours today!!

Statistical tools like DDACTS can help your department identify areas where pedestrian deaths are happening. From that point, local highway departments can make the design chances necessary to improve pedestrian safety. See for yourself: https://buff.ly/2F4Zf6U

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09/04/2020

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08/27/2020
Texas DDACTS Project

DDACTS in Texas... saving lives with crash and crime reductions... building community trust with positive high visibility engagement..
Want to host your agency workshop?
[email protected]

In keeping with the goal of Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to increase the safety of motorists it is pursuing a state-wide implementation of the nationally recognized policing model known as Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS). Since the project’s inception in O...

08/20/2020

We are pleased to announce that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, along with IADLEST (International Assoc. of Directors of Law Enforcement), and the Missouri Safety Center are hosting an Evidence-Based Strategic Decision Making workshop. It will be held at the Missouri Innovation Campus, 1101 NW Innovation Parkway, Room B101, Lee’s Summit, MO., on Sept 14, 2020. NHTSA is funding this workshop on a traffic safety grant, so there are NO tuition or registration expenses for this event.
Ensuring your agency uses data more effectively to drive deployment strategies to promote community trust while reduce crashes and crime is the overall goal of this workshop and is critical to overall agency success. The workshop methodology incorporates an informed discussion on evaluating and measuring your current procedures to provide structure to ensure your current practices are efficient, warranted, and procedurally just.

Ideally, each agency should send their command staff and Analysts, or those serving in that capacity, to the workshop. Working as a team, these individuals will discuss their current processes and determine ways to be more effective. This course will be taught by Chief Brett Railey ,Winter Park FL PD and Senior DDACTS Analyst Debra Piehl, formerly NYPD.

There will be limited space, so please register your team soon - contact [email protected]

Now more than ever, agencies need to justify their community engagement contact and other deployment options. The DDACTS model, using these evidence-based strategies can help reduce your crashes and crime and build transparency and trust in your jurisdictions!

The DDACTS team made up of Commander Dan Howard, IADLEST, Supervisor Sgt. Rodney Patton, Knoxville TN PD, and Analyst, L...
08/17/2020

The DDACTS team made up of Commander Dan Howard, IADLEST, Supervisor Sgt. Rodney Patton, Knoxville TN PD, and Analyst, Lauren Norman, Lexus Nexis taught a 12-hour National Strategic Agency PLanning Session focusing on the DDACTS model in Oak Ridge TN August 11 - 12, 2020.

The following agencies came and began the planning process to implement DDACTS when they return:

Oak Ridge TN
Chattanooga TN
Cookeville TN

The 12-hour workshop is designed to get agencies up and running quickly using their data more effectively. We also focus on building trust, accountability, and improving neighborhood relationships by positively engaging the community.

To learn more about the DDACTS model, contact [email protected]

Now more than ever, agencies need to be able to strategically deploy staff where they are needed most based on accurate data!

All still available and technical support as well!!
07/31/2020
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All still available and technical support as well!!

Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) integrates location-based crime and traffic data to establish effective and efficient methods for deploying law enforcement and other resources. Using GIS mapping to identify areas that have high incidences of crime and crashes, DDACTS uses...

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07/31/2020

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“A Quest for Professionalism”, also known as the IADLEST History book, is about to be released after two years in the making. This book is written with a view on law enforcement training, from the past to the present, and how law enforcement was developed for the people of the United States. “A Quest for Professionalism” will be available through IADLEST before the end of summer 2020. Those interested in purchasing a copy can contact Yvonne Pfeifer, IADLEST Director of Operations, at [email protected]

Read the article about DDACTS 2.0. Hope to be rolling out our new manual in November!!
07/25/2020

Read the article about DDACTS 2.0. Hope to be rolling out our new manual in November!!

Click here to read the most recent version of the IADLEST Newsletter. Top articles include: "Policing the Police", "New Reid Technique Tips on YouTube", LE Response to Protests and Riots" and "DDACTS 2.0 Encourages High Visibility Engagement": https://buff.ly/30o6EoO

There’s so much value in this video for crash reduction!
07/25/2020

There’s so much value in this video for crash reduction!

Watch this 12-minute video, which explains a few key considerations engineers must take into consideration when designing a roadway. The illustrations of the physics involved are interesting and might find a place in your EVOC training classes: https://buff.ly/3fENeCN

Ten amazing analysts converged in Charlotte NC last week to participate in our “Crime and Traffic Safety Analysis: Techn...
07/16/2020

Ten amazing analysts converged in Charlotte NC last week to participate in our “Crime and Traffic Safety Analysis: Techniques to Support DDACTS” training course taught by Debra Piehl.
We practiced social distancing, and we were still able to network, make friends and share our skills with one another.
Participating:
Ali Leduc - Chelsea MA PD
Mark Bridgham, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, ME
Kyle Moyer, Evesham NJ PD
John White, Mint Hill NC PD
Jennifer Recio, Wyandotte MI PD
David Schwindt, Iowa City IA PD
Jennell Webster, Cheyenne WY PD
Lt. Brian Black, Great Falls MT PD

Sign up for our last webinar this year!!
07/06/2020

Sign up for our last webinar this year!!

July 22nd will be our last Analyst MasterMind session for 2020! Listen to "Creating and Distributing Actionable Bulletins", where we will go step-by-step into creating bulletins with special guests Mike Berndl and Katrina Hickman. Register today! https://buff.ly/3iiS7mL

Congratulations to Chief Ticer and the officers of the Loveland CO Police Department for successfully reducing crashes A...
06/30/2020
Loveland police chief discusses 2019 crime statistics with council

Congratulations to Chief Ticer and the officers of the Loveland CO Police Department for successfully reducing crashes AND crime using the DDACTS model! n The model works in cities throughout the US. The focus is on positive citizen ENGAGEMENT. Want to learn more? Contact [email protected]

https://www.reporterherald.com/2020/04/28/loveland-police-chief-discusses-2019-crime-statistics-with-council/

Police chief Bob Ticer gave an update on the state of crime in Loveland to the City Council on Tuesday, including 2019 statistics and information about shoplifting enforcement and other special pro…

Officers be safe out there!
06/11/2020

Officers be safe out there!

While an automobile can provide cover if you are in a traffic-stop-gone-bad, a motorcycle cannot. Here is an article that covers all aspects of the traffic stop for motorcycles, including: position, approach and citation process: https://buff.ly/2Ma51Vp

If you missed this one or any of the others, you can catch all of them here:https://www.iadlest.org/training/ddacts/trai...
06/11/2020

If you missed this one or any of the others, you can catch all of them here:
https://www.iadlest.org/training/ddacts/training

The next Analyst Mastermind Series is June 11! Listen to part 6: Productivity—Get More Quality Work Done in Less Time. Discover key time saving hacks that will accelerate your progress and get more quality work done in less time. Register here: https://buff.ly/2TTzECJ

DDACTS can help your agency work more effectively with your traffic engineering to reduce crashes!
06/11/2020

DDACTS can help your agency work more effectively with your traffic engineering to reduce crashes!

Traffic jams are not only annoying, they are dangerous. Understanding the causes can help motorists calm down and could help avoiding being the one to jam traffic. Watch this video, which illustrates how traffic jams are generated:

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05/21/2020

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