Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety initiative
Over the past few years, increased publicity and marketing has sparked a national conversation among members of the law enforcement profes- sion about the Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) initiative. DDACTS is being promoted as a tool to improve data applications, reduce needed resources and simultaneously drive down crime and crashes.
DDACTS is a law enforcement operational model that integrates location-based crime and traffic crash data to establish effective and efficient methods for deploying law enforcement and other partner resources. By using geo-mapping, an agency identifies locations with high incidences of both crime and crashes and deploys targeted traffic enforcement strategies to those hot spots.
DDACTS is led by a national partnership co-sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and National Institutes of Justice (NIJ). NHTSA, its federal partners and many additional national organizations provide technical assistance and other resources to states and localities interested in adopting the DDACTS model.