Pursuant to DDACTS standard program guidelines, the command team conducted its first annual review of the department’s DDACTS Program #1. This goal driven program has been operational for one year (April 2012-March 31, 2013). The program was managed by the department’s Special Enforcement Section which includes its Crime Suppression Team and Traffic units.
To recap, the following DDACTS Program #1 goals were established and are listed in Figure #1:Figure #1
|DDACTS PROGRAMS #1 GOALS|
Decrease focus crimes 10% from the three year average (2009-2011)
Decrease traffic collisions 10% from the three year average (2009-2011)
For the purposes of DDACTS Program #1 focus crimes include vehicle burglary and theft, commercial and residential burglary, and violent stranger crime.
The department met and/or exceeded its focus crimes’ goal. The goal was to decrease focus crimes 10% compared to the three year average (2009-2011). Focus crimes actually decreased 44% in the DDACTS Program #1 zone during the program. Specifically, violent crimes decreased 33%, vehicle crimes decreased 49% and burglaries decreased 41%. When looking at the same focus crimes town-wide, minus the DDACTS zone, there was a decrease of 16% during the same time the DDACTS Program #1 was in operation. However, as stated previously in this report, the same focus crimes decreased 44% in the DDACTS zone; a significant improvement from the three year average and a significant difference in crime reduction when compared to the remainder of the Town.
The department did not achieve its stated goal. However, a comparison of the collisions within the DDACTS Program #1 zone and collisions in the Town as a whole (excluding the DDACTS zone) revealed that the DDACTS program #1 zone experienced a significantly smaller increase in total collisions. The Town as a whole experienced an increase of 24% in its collision rate ; the DDACTS Program #1 zone was 14% lower than the Town overall –which in and of itself is a positive impact of the program.
During the program’s operation, the Town’s Traffic Engineering department determined that the DDACTS Program #1 zone’s major intersection was in need of reconstruction –specifically the creation of offsets to accommodate left turning motorists. The DDACTS Program #1 provided increased enforcement activity as well as increased police visibility; the addition of the traffic engineering component brings forward a multi-faceted solution which should aid in collision reduction. Also noteworthy, when compared to the three year average (2009-2011):
Breaking away from the three-year average in favor of a year-to-year data comparison (i.e., April 2012-Mar 2013 vs. April 2011-Mar 2012) for the DDACTS Program #1 zone revealed the following:
Prior to implementing DDACTS #1, the Gilbert PD made community notifications within and around the DDACTS zone, in hopes to gain buy-in and partnerships for the program. A Town Council presentation was completed as well as presentations to the Small Business Alliance, Downtown Redevelopment Commission, and a home owner association. The Chamber of Commerce and individual business owners were contacted so information about the program could be provided. There were some community fears which had to be overcome and for the most part, buy-in from the businesses and Council was reached. Flyers were created and passed out to provide information about the program and links to TipSoft for reporting of crimes and suspicious behaviors within the zone. These flyers were also provided on all traffic and subject stops within the zone during the program duration.
In addition to community notifications, partnerships were obtained within the Town of Gilbert working departments as well. It was believed that the increased enforcement, high visibility patrols and lower thresholds could have an impact on other areas of the Town, including Economic Development, Public Affairs, the Manager’s Office, Gilbert Municipal court and prosecutors. These departments are all different partners to the community and worked with us in messaging and community information and response. This was a valuable partnership which led to other community meetings, outside the DDACTS zone, for economic development purposes. Specifically, after meeting with a local bar owner in the zone who verbally supported the program, word of mouth spread to others, and other new bar owners and businesses requested meetings to create face to face contacts, understanding of police department mission, vision and values, and well as what the police department could expect from the businesses. This was a positive ancillary outcome of the DDACTS community partnerships.
Finally, the GPD created a DDACTS App within the ITunes Store where iPad, iPhone, and iPod users could receive program and statistical information on DDACTS and progress of the program. Since implementation, the GPD has created a police department app as well, which includes a link to the DDACTS App.
Although we cannot say with absolute certainty that the implementation of DDACTS Program #1 goals and strategies independently and absolutely reduced crime and traffic collision rates, the data suggests that the DDACTS strategies of (1) high visibility patrols and (2) proactive enforcement had a positive impact within our identified DDACTS Program #1 zone.
As we move forward, the command panel recommends that DDACTS Program #1 conclude and DDACTS Program #2 commence. Geographically speaking, the DDACTS zone will not change for Program #2. When comparing crime and collision data and the Town’s kernel density map for the three year average (2009-2011) to the DDACTS Program #1 time period (April 2012-March 31, 2013), there does appear to be a reduction in crimes. However, the DDACTS zone should remain the same based on the fact geo-mapping demonstrates there that regardless of the decrease in the zone, the DDACTS zone still remains an area of higher incidents compared to other areas within the Town.
DDACTS Program #2 goals have been identified and are listed in Figure #2.Figure #2
|DDACTS PROGRAMS #2 GOALS|
No increase in focus crimes from DDACTS Program #1 rate/results
No decrease in contacts from DDACTS Program #1 results
No increase in collision rate from DDACTS Program # 1 rate/results.