DDACTS Training

Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety Training

Crime and Crash data plotted on a map
Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS) integrates location-based crime and traffic data to establish effective and efficient methods for deploying law enforcement and other resources. Using GIS mapping to identify areas that have high incidences of crime and crashes, DDACTS uses traffic safety strategies that play a dual role in fighting crime and reducing crashes and traffic violations. Drawing on the deterrent of highly visible traffic engagement and the knowledge that crime often involves the use of motor vehicles, the goal of DDACTS is to reduce the incidence of crime, crashes, and traffic violations across the country. This has proven to be an effective, predictive, location-based policing approach to crime and traffic safety that delivers law enforcement services at the right place and at the right time.

For Resource Materials, go to the  DDACTS Resources page.

For information on DDACTS workshops, go to the DDACTS Agency Workshop page.


Data Collection

DDACTS relies on prompt collection and analysis of crash and crime data to provide actionable reports that inform tactical and strategic decisions of a law enforcement agency.

NHTSAAgencies currently participating are: Allen, Texas Police Department; Denver, Colorado Police;  Evesham, New Jersey Police,  Kansas City, Kansas Police Department; Pearland, Texas Police; Shawnee, Kansas Police Department; Schenectady, New York Police; Loveland, Colorado Police; Roanoke County VA Police Department; Florence County Sheriff’s Office, St. Charles, Missouri Police; Greenville, North Carolina Police; Casper, Wyoming Police Department.


Technical Assistance and Workshops

IADLEST provides project management and workshop implementations for DDACTS. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, and the National Institute of Justice are collaborating to promote and support DDACTS.


Free Multi-Part Online Analytical Training Series

This free training series is designed for new and seasoned analysts to learn the key primary skills needed to practice effective and efficient analytical processes. This series explores the benefits of data-driven strategies, the process of connecting databases and analyzing in Microsoft Access®, applying statistical significance techniques in Microsoft Excel®, and developing key mapping and analytical skills in ArcGIS.

NOTE: The thirteen lessons in this course are NCP Certified, and qualify as in-service credit hours in 36 states.

Online Analytical Training Series


Analyst Mastermind Webinar Series


In this webinar series crime and crash data analyst will share with you advanced techniques and best practices that will help your department reduce traffic crashes and crime in your jurisdiction.  There is no cost for participating.

Scheduled dates in 2020 beginning at 2:00pm (Eastern).  Note: The February 19th session was a Chief's Roundtable answering questions about how to promote buy-in for evidence-based policing in your department.


Date Preview Video Register to view recorded webinar, or sign up for the live event

January 8, 2020

Preview Video (2-min)

Identify Crash and Crime Patterns
February 19, 2020 Preview Video (2-min) Chief's Roundtable: Tips on Creating a Data-Driven Culture
March 18, 2020 Preview Video (2-min) Creating Quality Maps
April 15, 2020 Preview Video (2-min) What I Should Know as an Analyst
May 6, 2020 Preview Video (2-min) Supervisor's Roundtable: How to Motivate, Inspire and Train your Team
June 11, 2020 Preview Video (2-min) Productivity: Get More Quality Work Done in Less Time
July 22, 2020 Preview Video (2-min) Creating an Actionable Bulletin


BJA Building Analytical Capacity: Crime and Crash Analysis Webinar Recordings

View recordings of twenty webinars produced by IADLEST in cooperation with the Bureau of Justice Assistance covering all aspects of data analysis.  Find out how it can help your department significantly reduce the number of traffic crashes and crime incidents in your area.

Building Analytical Capacity

These free, recorded webinars cover the following topics:

Understanding Hot Spot Mapping for Police Executives

Getting the Most Out of Crime Analysis

Crime Analysis Tactics, Strategies, and Special Operations

Improving Data Quality for Crime Analysis

Strategic Crime Analysis: Reducing Hot Spots & Solving Problems

Tactical Crime Analysis: Stopping Emerging Patterns of Crime

Using Analysis to Support an Effective CompStat Process

People, Places Patterns and Problems: A Foundation for Crime Analysis

Tasking the Collection and Analysis of Intelligence to Inform Decision Making

12 Questions Executives Should Ask About Their Crime Analysis Capabilities

7 Key Tips on Effectively Implementing Crime Analysis in Your Department

Crime Analysis for Organized Retail Theft

Professional Development in Crime Analysis

Antelope Valley Crime Fighting Initiative: A Case Study

The 4P Approach:  A Foundation for Crime Analysis and Proactive Policing

Three Critical Steps for Law Enforcement Analysts to Create a Road Map to Success

Improving Metrics in Police Agencies

Using Analysis to Support Gang Enforcement

Finding the Right Analyst for the Job

The Benefits of Direct Data Access



For further information about all DDACTS programs email PeggySchaefer@iadlest.org.