“Now these guys are thinking, ‘Man, we can really make a difference,’” he said.
As the officers take what happens in their beat (there’s eight in the city) more personally, they invest time into thinking about what they can do to make their beats safer. Humphrey said officers are coming up with their own ideas on how to address the problems, whereas previously that was something typically done by the police chief.
Officers try to do a 60/40 split, meaning 40 percent of the time they’re responding to calls for service, and 60 percent of the time they’re saturating a certain area and trying to be proactive about preventing problems, Humphrey said.
“Based on staffing, it’s hard to do that all the time, but guys are going to that area once they’re done (responding to a call),” he said.
Redden said while those numbers decreased in the two zones, the rest of the city has seen a slight increase.
Citywide statistics over the six-month period from 2012 to 2013 also were compared. Some of those include:
· All accidents decreased by 1.5 percent
· Forcible rape incidents increased by 14 percent
· Robbery incidents decreased by 6 percent
· Aggravated assault incidents increased by 85 percent
· Burglary incidents increased by 10 percent
· Larcenies from vehicles decreased by 20 percent
· Motor vehicle thefts increased by 22 percent
· All crimes decreased by 2 percent
Another piece of the DDACTS puzzle includes a Raids Online web crime map. The map gives the public a look at where incidents are occurring in Norman and what types of incidents occur.
It shows a map and grid with all of the crimes that have occurred in the area. It also allows individuals to sign up for neighborhood watch reports that automatically email a breakdown of recent crime activity and lets people submit anonymous tips directly to Norman police about a crime.
Residents can track crime in Norman by visiting raidsonline.com/?address=Norman,%20OK. A Raids Online Mobile app is available for free at the App Store for smartphone users.