Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety

(DDACTS) 2.0


IADLEST, in conjunction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is offering, at NO COST, an 8-part webinar training series to prepare agencies to use this nationally recognized police model.

These training segments are designed to teach agency participants how to effectively use data collection and analysis efforts to manage and deploy strategic resources to decrease crashes and crime throughout the country.

Attendees will learn about the model and its seven guiding principles from experienced DDACTS model subject matter experts and active law enforcement professionals in the field of crime analysis and community engagement.

The live webinars will start at 11:00 am PST / 2:00 pm EST and will run for one hour.
Recordings of the completed webinar will be available by using the same Registration link.

Overview of the DDACTS 2.0 Webinar Series (Flyer)


Date 2021 Topic Objectives More Details

Registration / Archive

February 18th DDACTS 2.0 - Overview Overview Flyer #1

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March 18th Outcomes Outcomes Flyer #2

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April 22nd Data Collection Collection Flyer #3

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May 27th Data Analysis Analysis Flyer #4

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June 17th Partners/Stakeholders Stakeholders Flyer #5

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July 22nd Strategic Operations Operations Flyer #6

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August 19th Information Sharing Sharing Flyer #7

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September 15th Monitor, Evaluate, Adjust Evaluate Flyer #8

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Webinar Reference Materials

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Peggy Schaefer oversees IADLEST’s National Certification Program, ensuring that criminal justice training content and delivery methods comply with nationally accepted standards. Peggy also manages IADLEST’s National Certification Program to recognize excellence in instructional design and training delivery.  Peggy served as the Director of the North Carolina Justice Academy, leading the curriculum development and delivery of training to over 85,000 law enforcement officers, and earlier in her career served as a county deputy sheriff and a police officer. She holds a B.S. degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Guilford College and an MPA from the University of North Carolina- Pembroke.

Daniel Howard is responsible for creating and overseeing the Texas-DDACTS project and the Texas Large Truck and Bus Traffic Enforcement Training programs for IADLEST. Daniel has been actively involved in the DDACTS project as a subject matter expert since 2011, when he brought the model to his previous agency in New Jersey while still serving as the Commander, Office of Professional Standards, and then to a subsequent agency as the Director of Public Safety. Daniel has facilitated DDACTS workshops for over 135 agencies in 26 different states. Daniel is an Internationally Certified Instructor, having instructed various training classes throughout Mexico and the United Arab Emirates. Daniel holds a B.A. and M.A. from Rutgers University- Camden in Criminal Justice Administration, where he has also been on staff as an adjunct professor since 2005.

Debra J. Piehl is currently the Senior Analytical Specialist for Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) and, in that position, supports and trains police personnel in the implementation of analysis-driven operations intended to reduce crimes, crashes and other social harms. Debra has been a crime analyst for many years and has served police agencies at the local, state, and federal levels and, most recently, served as the Senior Analyst at the New York City Police Department. In this position, she was responsible for the selecting, hiring, training, and supervising of NYPD’s first civilian crime analysts. Over 90 analysts were deployed to all precincts and patrol boroughs and work to support the Commanding Officers in CompStat and continued crime and crash reduction. Debra was the recipient of the first annual 2019 Bryan Hill IACA Memorial Scholarship in recognition of her efforts to support and mentor crime analysts around the world. She was also presented the International Association of Crime Analysts 2017 President’s Award in recognition of her meritorious contributions to the crime analysis profession and was also the 2010 and 2003 recipient of the same award from previous IACA presidents.

Session Objectives:

Session I – DDACTS Overview

  1.   Examine the newest changes in the DDACTS 2.0 model as a crash and crime-fighting strategy.  
  2.   Dissect each of the DDACTS Guiding Principles and the essential elements of each.   
  3.   Determine WHY the DDACTS model is an effective and efficient strategy for reducing crashes, crimes, and other social harms.
  4.   Highlight key successful agencies and their successful reduction tactics.

Session II – Guiding Principle #1: Outcomes Using the DDACTS Model

  1. Provide examples outlining how DDACTS adheres to the concepts outlined in the 21st Century Policing Task Force report.
  2. Analyze the difference between outcomes and outputs.
  3. Discover the positive outcomes the DDACTS model can bring to your community.
  4. Propose agency-specific desired outcomes that can be presented to community partners and stakeholders for input.

Session III– Guiding Principle #2:  Data Collection  

  1. From an agency-wide perspective, assess the importance of accurate, timely, and complete data collection.
  2. Identify the different types of data departments collect and determine how to overcome any immediate challenges to efficient data collection.
  3. Determine “best practices” an agency can incorporate to overcome faulty data collection efforts.  

Session IV – Guiding Principle #3:  Data Analysis

  1. Relate the analyst’s role to the DDACTS model and how analysis can drive police response.
  2. Connect the necessity of designating existing or new personnel to analysis to achieve desired outcomes.
  3. Differentiate between various analytical products and their relevance to data-driven operations.

Session V – Guiding Principle #4:  Engaging with Partners & Stakeholders   

  1. Compare and contrast the differences between a “partner and stakeholder” as they relate to the DDACTS model and implementation.
  2. Discover the methods your agency leadership can use to identify community members’ various public safety needs.
  3. Develop various strategies agency staff can use to support more effective police and community engagement.
  4. List examples of partners and stakeholders and the importance each represents.
  5. Determine the best strategies to use when involving your partners & stakeholders in identifying agency-specific desired outcomes.

Session VI - Guiding Principle #5:  Strategic Operations

  1. Determine how the DDACTS model can be used as an agency tactic, strategy, and cultural philosophy.
  2. Compare and contrast the benefits of an agency-wide, data-driven approach to social harm reduction.
  3. Identify, then develop non-law enforcement solutions to law enforcement problems.
  4. Indicate how the DDACTS strategy achieves reductions in crashes, crimes, and other social harms.
  5. Discern the difference between high visibility enforcement versus high visibility engagement and the various strategies agencies can use to increase positive public contact.

Session VII – Guiding Principle #6:  Information Sharing

  1. Determine how to communicate the DDACTS model’s successes and challenges to all staff.
  2. Using the examples presented, successfully differentiate between the methods of sharing DDACTS model information and outcomes with your community, partners, and stakeholders.

Session VIII – Guiding Principle #7:  Monitoring, Evaluation and Adjustments and Outcomes

  1. Determine the most effective methods to monitor operations through data collection.
  2. Based on the analysis of operational data, evaluate the impact of operations on reducing crashes, crimes, and other social harms.
  3. Explore agency analysis to determine progress in the DDACTS areas and guide subsequent deployment options.
  4. From the examples provided, determine how to assess your current DDACTS operations to ensure your strategies do not cause any unintended harm.
  5. Analyze any needed adjustments to achieve your agency plan to reduce your crash and crime outcomes.