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 traffic enforcement
strategies that play a dual role in fighting crime and reducing
crashes and traffic violations. Drawing on the deterrent of highly
visible traffic enforcement and the knowledge that crime often
involves the use of motor vehicles, the goal of DDACTS is to reduce
the incidence of crime, crashes, and traffic violations across the
country. This has proven to be an effective, predictive, location-based policing approach to crime and
traffic safety that delivers law
enforcement services at the right
place and at the right time.
DDACTS relies on prompt collection and analysis of crash and crime
data to provide actionable reports that inform tactical and strategic
decisions of a law enforcement agency. Agencies currently
participating are: Baltimore County, Maryland Police Department;
Lafourche Parish, Louisiana Sheriff’s Office; Nashville, Tennessee
Police Department; Shawnee, Kansas Police Department; Fitchburg, Massachusetts Police Department; St Albans Police Department and Vermont
State Police; and Washoe County, Nevada Police Department.
IADLEST provides project management and workshop implementations for DDACTS.
The National Highway Transportation Saftey Administration,
the Bureau of Justice Assistance,
and the National Institiute of Justice
are collaborating to promote and support DDACTS.
For further information, visit the DDACTS web site at