IADLEST has entered into a one of a kind partnership with the State of Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) which began in 2015. This unique collaborative endeavor is designed to further TxDOT’s goal of reducing crashes and other social harms in Texas through a state-wide implementation of the nationally recognized policing model known as Data Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS). The project involves IADLEST working with law enforcement agencies, ranging in size from 15 members to 2,000, and consists of three separate components:
1) Agency strategic planning workshops, on-site and remote technical assistance:
This component involves IADLEST working one on one with law enforcement agencies, conducting 8-hour agency specific strategic DDACTS planning workshops and providing 8-hours of focused technical/analytical assistance. Once completed, continued remote technical/analytical support is provided to each of the agencies, which is all designed to help the department overcome any obstacles that may impede a successful implementation of the DDACTS model.
2) Provide free analytical training courses and workshops;
The second component involves IADLEST providing both in-person and web-based analytical training sessions in a variety of aspects of data analysis intended for law enforcement personnel assigned to the analytical function in their agency. The goal of the training is for agencies to learn how to best utilize their data while developing an operational plan that includes effective positive law enforcement contacts and high visibility enforcement strategies.
For more information go to the TxDOT Training Schedule and Resources page.
3) Train a cadre of in state subject matter experts:
The third and last component is developing, training and maintaining a cadre of in-state DDACTS subject matter experts. This cadre of SMEs, representing a variety of different size agencies, which allows for the most Texas centric approach possible as they assist other agencies looking to move towards implementing the DDACTS model in their community.
The effort over the last three years has resulted in IADLEST working with more than 400 law enforcement personnel representing 60+ agencies throughout Texas. Further, another 120 members responsible for the analytical function in their agency attended one of four 16-hour in-person analytical workshops conducted in the state.
IADLEST is proud to announce that it has been selected by TxDOT to continue with this project for the fourth consecutive year. Not only will IADLEST continue its work in 2019, but it will increase the size and scope of it so that it includes more than 20 local and county law enforcement agencies, while continuing to provide remote technical/analytical assistance to any of the 50+ previous agencies who are in need of it. Further, IADLEST will continue to build the analytical capacities of agencies around the state through a series of free trainings to include: a 10-part webinar series on Data Analysis using Microsoft Access®; 3-part webinar series on GIS and Mapping; and four different 16 hour in-person Analytical Training Workshops.
Any Texas law enforcement agency wishing to participate in this project or to obtain more information please feel free to contact the TxDOT- DDACTS Project Manager, Daniel A. Howard at firstname.lastname@example.org.