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 was 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:
The first component involves working one on one with police agencies, conducting 8-hour agency specific strategic planning workshops and providing 8-hours of focused technical assistance. Once completed, continual remote technical support is provided to each of the agencies, all designed to help the department overcome any obstacles that may impede a successful implementation of the DDACTS model.
2) Train a cadre of in state subject matter experts:
The second component is developing and training a cadre of in-state DDACTS subject matter experts. This cadre has assisted in each of the first two years and will continue to assist in the coming year as IADLEST moves forward providing a Texas concentric agency workshop to agencies throughout the state.
3) Conduct a series free analytical training workshops;
The third and last component has IADLEST conducting both on-line and classroom training sessions in various 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.
The effort of the last two years has resulted in IADLEST working with more than 300 law enforcement personnel representing 35 agencies throughout Texas. Further, another 61 members responsible for the analytical function in their agency attended one of three 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 third consecutive year. Not only will IADLEST continue its work in 2018, but it will increase the size and scope of it so that it includes more than 20 local, county and state law enforcement agencies, while continuing to provide remote assistance to any of the 35 previous who are in need of it. Lastly, IADLEST will continue to build the analytical capacities of agencies around the state through a series of free trainings to include: a 4-part webinar series on Data Analysis using Microsoft Access®; 3-part webinar series on GIS and Mapping; and two 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.