Working in conjunction with the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office, the Eagan Police Department will receive grant funding to participate in a nationally recognized study known as Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety or DDACTS. DDACTS uses crime and traffic data to establish effective and efficient methods for deploying law enforcement and other resources.
The grant will fund extra traffic enforcement by Eagan Patrol Officers in previously identified target areas. The program aims to provide high visibility enforcement thereby reducing criminal behavior, traffic offenses and traffic related crashes.
Starting April 1, 2014, grant funded Eagan Patrol Officers will provide increased traffic enforcement in a targeted area based on crime and crash data collected in same month of 2013. New target areas will be identified monthly and increased traffic enforcement will reflect the monthly area of concern. The program will run through August 31, 2014, at which time collected data will be analyzed to determine if the targeted enforcement has significantly lowered the number of criminal incidents and traffic crashes.
DDACTS program has been successfully utilized in other cities across the country including Baltimore County Police Department, Metro-Nashville Police Department and several others.