NHTSA demonstrates anti-’crash and crime’ technology in Kansas

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration demonstrated a new law enforcement technology in Shawnee, Kan., to help police pinpoint local crash and crime “hot spots.” The new tool, called Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety, helps communities concentrate their limited police resources on reducing crashes, crimes and traffic violations.

National Highway Traffic Safety Deputy Administrator Ron Medford joined Shawnee Mayor Jeff Meyers and Police Chief Jim Morgan in observing firsthand the efforts that are being made to improve traffic safety in a selected DDACTS enforcement area in Shawnee.

“Analytic and mapping technologies are among the most important tools available to law enforcement today,” Medford says. “Using these tools to spotlight which areas in a community are most at-risk for crash and crime incidents will help thinly-spread police forces to place their limited resources where they can do the most good.”

DDACTS was developed by NHTSA in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National Institute of Justice.