Victoria Police to introduce new technology to address crime “hot spots”

Data Driven Approach to Crime and Traffic Safety

VICTORIA, Texas- The Victoria Police Department (VPD) will be expanding their community policing by implementing a new evidence based problem solving approach called Data Driven Approach to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) on April 2nd, 2020.

DDACTS is a law enforcement operational model supported by a partnership among the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 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 determine the most effective methods for deploying law enforcement and other resources. Drawing on the deterrent value of highly visible traffic enforcement and the knowledge that crimes often involve motor vehicles, the goal of DDACTS is to reduce crime, crashes, and traffic violations across the country.

Using data to identify “hot spots”—areas of high incidence of crimes and crashes—DDACTS uses targeted traffic enforcement strategies that play two roles in fighting crime and reducing crashes/traffic violations. To identify high-crime and crash areas in Victoria,VPD have used historical data from the past five years to identify three DDACTS zones.

The citizens of Victoria will still have the same level of service from their zone officers; however, VPD will utilize zone officers and other non-traditional resources (Administration, Detectives, Training Officers, etc.) to provide high profile patrols in the DDACTS zones. This will allow a more proactive approach to deterring crime in those areas.

Victoria Police will be monitoring, evaluating, and analyzing the outcomes of the program to provide data-driven feedback for future operational adjustments.

The information in this article was provided in a press release from Victoria Police Department.