The State of Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has entered into a one of a kind partnership with the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Training and Standards (IADLEST). This unique endeavor is designed to further TxDOT’s goal of a state wide implementation of the nationally recognized policing model known as Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) within Texas. The plan has three separate components:
1) Agency strategic planning workshops and technical assistance
2) Train a cadre of in state subject matter experts
3) Conduct one two-day analytical training workshop
The program involves IADLEST working with police agencies, ranging in size from 15 members to 2,000, conducting 8-hour agency specific strategic planning workshops and providing 8-hours of focused technical assistance. Once completed, additional remote technical support is given to each of the agencies, all designed to help the department overcome any obstacles that may impede a successful implementation of the DDACTS model.
The second component involves IADLEST developing and training a cadre of in-state DDACTS subject matter experts. This cadre is not only teaching in this year’s efforts but will also assist with efforts in the coming years as we continue to provide a Texas centric workshop to agencies throughout the state.
The last component of this joint effort is to conduct an intensive two-day analytical training workshop for law enforcement personnel assigned to the analytical function in their agency. The workshop focuses on efficiently using “hot-spot” mapping to identify deployment strategies for highly visible traffic enforcement.