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 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.