By being able to identify those problem areas, police know where they should be when they’re not out on a call. In addition, Redden said while police are making their presence known, the “bad guys” are less likely to commit vehicle larceny or a burglary or drivers will tend to pay closer attention to their driving.
If those problem spots move, so will officers. Even if there are incidents that aren’t occurring in a “hot spot,” police can still identify problems quickly.
Redden said there was an incident where someone was stealing tires repeatedly in a certain area and they made an arrest within a week.
“The bad guys are going to realize, we don’t want to be here,” he said. “They should be scared to come here because of what we have.”
Norman Police Chief Keith Humphrey said there is more communication on all levels with DDACTS.
The chief said that now police officers can look at files and see what’s going on. Officers on the day, evening and midnight shifts are talking to each other about what’s going on in their beats.
Not only is there more communication between shifts but also between supervisors, officers and the community. Everyone is working together, Humphrey said.
Redden said when they first began DDACTS, no one was coming by his office. Now he has seen a change in mentality. Officers know where to go to make the biggest impact when they’re not out on a call, he said.
The Norman Police Department is sharing their data with the University of Oklahoma Police Department and Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office to help show them where some problem spots might be, as well.
Humphrey said the main focus is to look at the data, know where to assign their initiatives and resources and continue to reduce the level of accidents and amount of crimes.
For more information about DDACTS, visit ddacts.com.